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An Asia-Pacific information superhighway

Countries in the region must act now to take the next big leap for regional connectivity.

The actual costs of fibre-optic materials and conduits are almost negligible. The real challenges are the labour costs of excavation, the costs of securing rights of way, especially across borders, as well as the implicit costs of disruptions and delays in the areas under construction.

ADVANCES in regional connectivity have generated substantial economic and social gains in terms of growth, trade and people-to-people connections. The global explosion of new technologies, especially in information and communication technologies (ICT), points the way to the next big leap for