Factors affecting Internet development: An Asian survey

  • Hao Xiaoming
  • Chow Kay


This study examined the relationship between the Internet development and various social, economic and political factors that are hypothesized to affect the Internet growth. Using secondary data for 28 sampled Asian countries, this study tested seven hypotheses about the impact of various factors on Internet growth. The findings show that the Internet penetration is related to a country’s wealth, telecommunication infrastructure, urbanization and stability of the government, but not related to the literacy level, political freedom and English proficiency.
How to Cite
Xiaoming, H., & Kay, C. (2004). Factors affecting Internet development: An Asian survey. First Monday, 9(2). https://doi.org/10.5210/fm.v9i2.1118