lessons in broadband adoption from singapore

Peng Hwa Ang
Qian Zhou
Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
Yayun Jiang
AC Nielsen, Shanghai


Singapore is often touted by herself and others as an Intelligent Island. It has among the world's highest internet penetration rate, thanks in part to aggressive investments in infrastructure. It also created the world's first nationwide broadband network, Singapore ONE (One Network for Everyone). But it was also the world's first country to promulgate a set of rules aimed at censoring internet content (Ang and Nadarajan 1996).