08:36 uur 26-06-2019

5G dringt in Azië door, operators investeren miljarden in uitrol next-gen-netwerken, blijkt uit nieuwe GSMA-studie

5G draagt ​​de komende 15 jaar bijna 900 miljard dollar bij aan de economie van Azië

SHANGHAI–(BUSINESS WIRE)–De mobiele operators in Azië zijn van plan om tussen 2018 en 2025 370 miljard dollar te investeren in het uitbouwen van nieuwe 5G-netwerken. Dat blijkt uit de nieuwste Asia Pacific-editie van de Mobile Economy-reeks van de GSMA, vandaag gepubliceerd op MWC19 Shanghai. ‘s Werelds eerste landelijke 5G-netwerken zijn eerder dit jaar live gegaan in Zuid-Korea en verwacht wordt dat 24 Aziatische markten tegen 2025 5G zullen lanceren. Naar verwachting zal 5G in de komende 15 jaar bijna 900 miljard dollar bijdragen aan de economie van de regio.

China test momenteel 5G in alle grote steden en provincies, waaronder Shanghai, voorafgaand aan commerciële lanceringen volgend jaar. Naar verwachting zal tegen 2025 28 procent van de Chinese mobiele verbindingen op 5G-netwerken draaien, wat ongeveer een derde van alle 5G-verbindingen wereldwijd vertegenwoordigt.

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

 5G to Contribute Almost $900 Billion to Asia’s Economy Over Next 15 Years

SHANGHAI–(BUSINESS WIRE)– 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/


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.

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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%).


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