Eight out of 10 Southeast Asians view technology as very helpful during the pandemic, with digital adoption spiking due to lockdowns imposed in response to the Covid-19 outbreak earlier this year. 

More than 1 in 3 digital services consumers in the region (36%) are new users, with 40 million new Internet users this year. Among the new users, 94% intend to continue their newfound habits post-pandemic, states a research report by Google, Temasek and management consulting firm Bain & Company.

According to the Southeast Asia e-Conomy report released Nov 10, there are 400 million internet users in the region, compared to 360 million last year. Overall, some 70% of the region’s population is now online. 

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