By 2024, if all goes according to plan, a pair of submarine cables will connect the west coast of the United States with Indonesia for the first time. Built by Facebook with help from Google, the cables could boost data capacity to southeast Asia’s largest economy by 70 percent.

The project, which is still subject to government approval, would be a boon to Indonesia’s connected users, who are among the savviest in the region and beyond. Indonesians buying and selling goods and services online account for some $32 billion annually, forming a sector that has emerged as a major driver of local manufacturing and jobs. Today, the nation comprises the fastest-growing population of smartphone users in the world.

Indonesians buying and selling goods and services online account for some $32 billion annually, forming a sector that has emerged as a major driver of local manufacturing and jobs.


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