This new report examines the digital society plans of eight Asia Pacific countries: Australia, Bangladesh, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Pakistan, Singapore, and Thailand. While these markets vary considerably in terms of focus, outlook, and level of technology integration; there are general guidelines to consider when building a national digital agenda. Connectivity is a recognised precondition for a digital society, while the adoption of digital identities is another.
Digital identity is a priority in countries as it represents a primary source of identification and an opportunity to foster digital, financial and social inclusion. Digital identity can also transform traditional commerce and services into more efficient and convenient e-commerce and e-services in these countries.
Across all economies, there is a need for governments, private sector players and mobile operators to support a digital identity framework that is designed with privacy and security safeguards to gain citizens’ trust and ensure that data flows are not unduly impaired.
About the GSMA
The GSMA represents the interests of mobile operators worldwide, uniting nearly 800 operators with more than 250 companies in the broader mobile ecosystem, including handset and device makers, software companies, equipment providers and internet companies, as well as organisations in adjacent industry sectors. The GSMA also produces industry-leading events such as Mobile World Congress, Mobile World Congress Shanghai and the Mobile 360 Series conferences.
TRPC is a research consultancy with over 25 years’ experience in the telecommunications and information technology industries in the Asia-Pacific region. It offers specialised advisory, research and training services, with a focus on economics, regulatory and strategic business issues, and possesses an extensive network of industry experts and professionals throughout the region.
TRPC is a co-author of this report.