Fast wi-fi, more e-commerce: Asean cities experiment with ways to crack challenges of rising urbanisation

Most residents of Banyuwangi’s 189 villages, in Indonesia’s east Java, have access to free internet as part of a government initiative to boost local economic development.
Under the “Smart Kampung” – or “smart village” – scheme started two years ago, the population of about 1 million has been able to access public services online and get technical training so entrepreneurs can sell products over the internet.
Banyuwangi is an example of how…