You don’t have to go back very far in history to find a time when virtually no one in Myanmar had internet access. As recently as 2009, less than one percent of the 50 million people in the country had either a smartphone or home internet access.
But starting in 2011, the country’s tech went into hyperdrive. Between 2011 and 2012, the percentage of people with cellular subscriptions nearly tripled. Between 2012 and today, it has gone up almost nine-fold.