Business Wire

 5G Arrives in Asia as Operators Invest Billions Rolling out Next Generation Networks, Finds New GSMA Study

Share

Asia’s mobile operators are set to invest $370 billion building-out new 5G networks between 2018 and 2025, according to the latest Asia Pacific edition of the GSMA’s Mobile Economy series, published at MWC19 Shanghai today. The world’s first nationwide 5G networks went live in South Korea earlier this year, and it is anticipated that 24 Asia Pacific markets will have launched 5G by 2025. It is forecast that 5G will contribute almost $900 billion to the region’s economy over the next 15 years.

China is currently testing 5G across all major cities and provinces, including Shanghai, ahead of commercial launches next year. It is forecast that 28 per cent of China’s mobile connections will be running on 5G networks by 2025, accounting for about a third of all 5G connections globally by this point.

“Although 4G still has plenty of headroom for growth across Asia, operators in the region are now investing billions in building-out advanced 5G networks that are facilitating an array of new services for consumers, transforming industry and manufacturing, and driving economic growth,” said Mats Granryd, Director General of the GSMA. “As 5G becomes a reality, we call on governments and regulators in the region to actively shape a favourable business environment that encourages investment in advanced networks and allows operators to extend next-generation digital services to all Asia’s citizens.”

The report reveals that:

  • Mobile operators are forecast to invest $574 billion (capex) on new networks between 2018 and 2025, almost two-thirds of which ($370 billion) will be spent on new 5G networks. China alone is forecast to invest $184 billion on 5G by 2025.
  • 4G became the most dominant mobile technology in Asia in 2018 (52 per cent of connections1), and will grow to account for more than two-thirds of regional connections by 2025. Around 18 per cent of connections will be running on 5G networks by this point.
  • More than four in five mobile connections in Asia will be smartphones by 2025, up from 61 per cent in 2018.
  • There were 2.8 billion unique mobile subscribers2 in Asia at the end of 2018, equivalent to 67 per cent of the region’s population. The number of subscribers is forecast to increase to 3.1 billion by 2025 (72 per cent of the population), though the growth rate is slowing as many key markets approach saturation.
  • Almost all new subscribers to be added in the region between 2018 to 2025 will come from six countries: India, China, Pakistan, Indonesia, Bangladesh and the Philippines.
  • Last year, mobile technologies and services in Asia Pacific generated $1.6 trillion of economic value, equivalent to 5.3% of regional GDP3. This contribution is forecast to surpass $1.9 trillion by 2023.
  • Asia Pacific’s mobile ecosystem directly and indirectly employs more than 18 million people, and last year contributed $165 billion in public sector funding via general taxation (excluding regulatory and spectrum fees).

The new report ‘The Mobile Economy, Asia Pacific 2019’ is authored by GSMA Intelligence, the research arm of the GSMA. To access the full report and related infographics, please visit: https://www.gsma.com/r/mobileeconomy/asiapacific/

-ENDS-

About the GSMA

The GSMA represents the interests of mobile operators worldwide, uniting more than 750 operators with over 350 companies in the broader mobile ecosystem, including handset and device makers, software companies, equipment providers and internet companies, as well as organisations in adjacent industry sectors. The GSMA also produces industry-leading events such as Mobile World Congress, Mobile World Congress Shanghai, Mobile World Congress Americas and the Mobile 360 Series of conferences.

For more information, please visit the GSMA corporate website at www.gsma.com. Follow the GSMA on Twitter: @GSMA


1 There were 4.2 billion SIM connections Asia Pacific at the end of 2018, excluding cellular IoT, forecast to rise to 4.8 billion by 2025.

2 A unique mobile subscriber represents an individual that can account for multiple SIM connections.

3 GDP contribution comprises mobile operators (0.9% of GDP); remaining mobile ecosystem (0.8%); indirect contribution (0.6%); and productivity improvements (3.0%).

Contact information

Media:
For the GSMA
April Tsui
+852 2533 9956
atsui@webershandwick.com

Beau Bass
+44 7504 442 916
beau.bass@webershandwick.com

MWC19 Shanghai Press Office
press@mwcshanghai.com

About Business Wire

Business Wire
Business Wire
24 Martin Lane
EC4R 0DR London

+44 20 7626 1982http://www.businesswire.co.uk

(c) 2018 Business Wire, Inc., All rights reserved.

Business Wire, a Berkshire Hathaway company, is the global leader in multiplatform press release distribution.

Subscribe to releases from Business Wire

Subscribe to all the latest releases from Business Wire by registering your e-mail address below. You can unsubscribe at any time.

Latest releases from Business Wire

Omnico and JOS Enter Strategic Partnership for Asian Market15.10.2019 09:23:00 CESTPress release

Omnico, the global software platform provider of multi-channel commerce solutions to leading brands in theme parks, resorts, hospitality, retail and casinos, today announced its partnership with JOS – a systems integrator, solutions provider and technology consultancy – the trusted technology partner in Asia. JOS is now the official reseller for the full suite of Omnico solutions and products, including business and artificial intelligence applications, in China, Malaysia and Singapore. JOS will use its 60-year heritage in the region’s technology sector to expand the client-base for Omnico’s unique transaction platform and mobile and digital products. These transform understanding of consumer behaviour to provide brands with unrivalled accuracy in the targeting of promotions, offers and loyalty programmes. “We’re very excited to be partnering with JOS in a market central to our growth strategy,” said Mel Taylor, CEO, Omnico. “This is a region that has seen substantial growth in theme p

Terns Pharmaceuticals to Present Positive Preclinical Data on FXR Agonist TERN-101 at The Liver Meeting® 201915.10.2019 09:00:00 CESTPress release

Terns Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a global biopharmaceutical company focused on discovering and developing innovative therapies to treat non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH) and cancer, today announced it will present preclinical study results on the farnesoid X receptor (FXR) agonist TERN-101 at The Liver Meeting® 2019, being held by the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases (AASLD) in Boston, MA., November 8-12. The data demonstrate that in preclinical models, TERN-101 was preferentially delivered to the liver, which enables a robust, localized effect on FXR, while potentially mitigating non-liver mediated adverse effects. The abstract (#2158), titled “Pharmacokinetics, tissue distribution and pharmacodynamics of TERN-101, a novel farnesoid X receptor (FXR) agonist, in preclinical species” will be presented as a poster on Monday, November 11, 2019. “TERN-101 has the potential to be the backbone of future combination treatments for NASH due to its broad pleiotropic effects o

Rakuten TV Launches its AVOD Service in Europe15.10.2019 08:30:00 CESTPress release

Rakuten TV, one of the leading video-on-demand platforms in Europe, today announced the launch of its first AVOD - ad-supported video-on-demand - channels within the platform. This new business model will allow viewers to watch a wide range of content for free. This press release features multimedia. View the full release here: https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20191015005048/en/ Rakuten TV's new UI 4.0 including "Free" section (Photo: Rakuten TV) The free section of Rakuten TV will launch with an initial offer including Hollywood and local content to be expanded to additionally include exclusive Rakuten content, TV series, documentary series, news and sport channels in the coming months - with a combined linear and on-demand offer. Among the exclusive content, Rakuten TV will present on its AVOD channel Matchday - Inside FC Barcelona, the new documentary series about FC Barcelona from the inside, offering previously unseen and exclusive scenes from the players’ private lives. Nar

Groundbreaking CloudCO Demo at Broadband World Forum 2019 Made Possible by UNH-IOL’s Role as Open Broadband Lab15.10.2019 08:00:00 CESTPress release

The University of New Hampshire InterOperability Laboratory (UNH-IOL), an independent provider of broad-based testing and standards conformance services for the networking industry, today announced they have helped create the first publicly demonstrated lab instance of hosting the CloudCO architecture as a Broadband Forum Open Broadband Lab (OB-Lab). Working directly with industry partners BT, Swisscom, TIM, Altice Labs, DZS, Nokia, VMware, and EANTC, they will demonstrate the integration of the test platform which will be showcased at Broadband World Forum 2019 (BBWF) in Amsterdam, Netherlands this week. The intention of the OB-Labs initiative is to demonstrate an open framework for cloud-based broadband for carriers globally, and bring the promise of SDN and NFV to fruition. The demo at BBWF 2019 was built from a combination of open source from the OPNFV, ONAP, and Open Broadband Access Abstraction (OB-BAA) projects and products from Nokia, Altice Labs, DZS, and VMware. A first of it

Forter Fraud Attack Index Reveals 89% Increase In Loyalty Program Fraud15.10.2019 07:30:00 CESTPress release

Forter, the leader in e-commerce fraud prevention, today announced the release of the seventh edition of its Fraud Attack Index. The report tracks shifting behaviors in online businesses across a variety of industries. The latest edition of the Fraud Attack Index indicates that fraud is evolving rapidly beyond the point of the transaction to accounts such as loyalty programs and abuse of return policies. Loyalty fraud increased by 89% year over year, while the total dollar amount in online fraud increased by 12% year over year. “A clear trend in online fraud is emerging,” said Michael Reitblat, CEO and Co-Founder of Forter. “The industry as a whole has done a tremendous job detecting and preventing payment fraud at the point of transaction. This eliminates the amateurs. We’re seeing fraudsters now shift their efforts earlier in the customer journey, gaining access to consumers’ accounts.” The Fraud Attack Index shows that fraudsters are having significantly more success in account take

Last Chance to Register for CES Unveiled in Amsterdam15.10.2019 07:00:00 CESTPress release

Consumer Technology Association (CTA): WHAT: The Consumer Technology Association (CTA) ® today announced the last chance to register for the third annual CES Unveiled in Amsterdam. CES Unveiled is an official CES® 2020 preview event, bringing together executives, influential media and prominent industry influencers to experience the latest tech innovations from across Europe. Europe welcomed more than 16,000 attendees to CES 2019 and continues to lead innovation by example. CES Unveiled promotes the continued value it shares with Europe through partnerships across government, business and research. CES Unveiled in Amsterdam will focus on the theme “Tech Improving Lives,” featuring an expected 100 exhibitors (including 50+ startups) from the Netherlands and across Europe. Some top exhibitors include: Aitheon – Integrates AI and Robotics in a user-friendly way to ensure businesses become automated in a single, simple platform Crescent Tech – Provides the world’s first purpose designed we