As millions come online each year, rural Indonesia is in for monumental changes

Jakarta is a city of juxtapositions. Alongside its many mosques is a vibrant nightlife, although many neighbourhoods shut down after dark too. Just a little over half a decade ago, if you felt like having a late-night snack, options were limited—get creative in your own kitchen or wait until daybreak. But things have changed. Now, you can get a meal delivered to your door at nearly any hour with just a few taps on your phone. Smartphones and steady internet connections have fundamentally changed our expectations and how we spend our money. Urbanites, in particular, are spoiled with convenience.

A similar transformation is now taking place in less dense areas of the country. With the pandemic dragging on and a continued buildout of new infrastructure, this development is only gaining speed in emerging economies.

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