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Southeast asia’s internet economy “keeps blowing expectations out of the water”, Rajan Anandan, Google’s vice president, and Rohit Sipahimalani, Temasek’s joint head of Investment Group, wrote in a recent report, revising upward their previous projections for the region.
Their 2016 and 2017 e-Conomy SEA reports foresaw a $200 billion internet economy in the region by 2025. But it is taking much less time to get there. With eight years to go, Southeast Asia is already more than a third ofthe way to the target. And tech companies in the region have already raised half of the $40-$50 billion in funds that Google and Temasek expected them to attract. Their 2018 report projects a $240 billion Southeast Asian internet economy by 2025.
(This story appears in the 04 January, 2019 issue of Forbes India. You can buy our tablet version from Magzter.com. To visit our Archives, click here.)