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It’s official: 5G has arrived in Asia, says

By Edwin Yapp July 23, 2019

 4G still the dominant technology for years, especially in developing markets

 Operators must change mindset and collaborate in 5G, unlike in 4G
Source & copyright: GSMA Intelligence

THE GSM Association (GSMA) has officially declared fifth-generation (5G) mobile
technology as having arrived in Asia Pacific (APAC) but acknowledges that its growth within
a vast region would be staggered and that less developed regions are expected to face
challenges – specifically how to justify the business case – before the technology becomes

In its latest Mobile Economy report for Asia Pacific released recently, the industry
association says 5G is finally a reality following the joint commercial launch of the service in
South Korea on Apr 3.

The GSMA represents the interests of mobile operators worldwide, uniting more than 750
operators with over 350 companies. It defines Asia Pacific as countries within the region of
north Asia (Japan and Korea), greater China (including Hong Kong and Taiwan), Southeast
Asia (Asean), South Asia (Indian subcontinent) and Australasia.

GSMA says five more countries in APAC are expected to launch 5G networks by the end of
the year, while a further 10 are expected to launch in 2020. It expects APAC mobile operators
to invest more than US$570 billion between 2018 and 2025, where about US$370 billion will
be spent on 5G deployments.

It says developed markets such as South Korea, Japan, Singapore and Australia will see
relatively rapid 5G growth, and will account for half of 5G mobile connections by 2025.

Across the rest of the region however, 5G opportunities will be more long term, largely
because 4G will remain the dominant mobile technology across the region, GSMA says.