Promoting ICT connectivity through internet exchange points in South-East Asia

The UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) published a working paper that examines the status of cross-border connectivity in four South-East Asian countries, namely Cambodia, Lao PDR, Viet Nam and Thailand (CLVT), and provides an update on recent internet exchange point (IXP) trends in these countries. The study further highlights a network promotion construction plan to strengthen cross-border connectivity between CLVT and improve internet traffic management. There are key solution-oriented recommendations to improve transborder connection and inclusive information and communication technology (ICT) development in the region. First, suggest an agreement for implementing a cross-border connectivity project in CLVT. Second, secure sufficient financial resources to promote the cross-border connectivity project. Third, promote cross-border connectivity as a national digital agenda. Fourth, share information on infrastructure among countries.