Although it is holiday time and the news are rather slow, check out the latest ecommerce news round-up.

1. TOT to install broadband in 24,700 rural Thai villages in 2017

Thailand’s state telecommunications company TOT next year will install internet broadband network in 24,700 villages according to government’s plans to enhance the country’s digital infrastructure and narrow the digital divide according to government’s plans.

The move is expected to foster broader adoption of digital-related services. The investment budget of the project is 15 billion Thai baht ($417 million).

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2. Singaporeans prefer to shop online on laptops, not smartphones

Singaporeans prefer using laptop for research and online shopping rather than smartphone, found a recent study by Criteo and Edelman Intelligence. 46% of respondents said they preferred using laptop for purchases while only 11% said they better liked using smartphone for online shopping.

Among Southeast Asian countries, Singapore has the lowest preference for shopping using mobile phone. One factor why Singapore’s digital shoppers prefer computers over mobile devices for online shopping suggested by Criteo and Edelman is that the price of an item may impact the device used for purchase.

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3. Matahari Department Stores up stakes in for $12.2 million 

Retail firm Matahari Department Stores (MDS) has increased its ownership in the parent company of Indonesia’s ecommerce marketplace, Global E-commerce Indonesia (GEI) to 12%. It has purchased shares equal to 3.62% of paid-up capital in for $12.2 million.

MDS last upped its stakes in GEI back in January to 10.33%, but since then, its ownership has been diluted to 8.38% due to investments made by other shareholders.

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