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The 5G outlook for Asia–Pacific: market impact and standardisation programmes

The 5G outlook for Asia–Pacific: market impact and standardisation programmes

The telecoms market in the Asia–Pacific region is diverse. Countries such as Australia, Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore and South Korea have high-tech and highly penetrated markets, while others, such as India, Myanmar and India, are still on 3G. The scale and take-up of 5G in APAC will be a key factor in influencing device diversity, availability and pricing worldwide.


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Executive summary
Key implications for MNOs in APAC
Key implications for regulators in APAC
Key implications for technology companies in APAC
As advanced as many 4G markets are, 5G will be the most complex standardisation exercise that the telecoms industry has experienced
Some 5G spectrum options could enable gigabit-speed, hyper-dense networks, but present new engineering challenges
5G spectrum access is likely to become more diverse and more dynamic, which could lead to security and performance challenges
The development of new 5G radio access technologies could hinder backward compatibility, but recent tests are showing positive signs
Key to the 5G vision is that networks must be higher performing, and more virtualised and service-driven than today’s networks
The main drivers of 5G in APAC are: growth in mobile and fixed data traffic, M2M device connections and smartphone take-up
The APAC use cases for 5G are becoming increasingly understood, but basic questions are still being asked about what should be in the standard
Standardisation bodies and industry alliance associations have begun their 5G initiatives
ITU’s Working Party 5 is co-ordinating the 5G standards effort, but major deliverables will not appear until mid-2015
Early 5G specifications are expected to be introduced in 2015 in 3GPP Release-14, and trials in APAC are expected in 2018
Multiple stakeholders in APAC are influencing 5G development, including MNOs, governments, equipment vendors and research institutions
Bodies in APAC (and the European Union) are working independently and together to define standards and develop technologies for 5G
The IMT-2020 (5G) Promotion Group and MOST’s 863 Program are working together to propel China’s leadership in 5G development
South Korea’s 5G Forum aims to commercialise 5G by 2020 and offer 1Gbps per user anytime anywhere 
Japan organises its 5G development activities through ARIB 2020 and Beyond AdHoc
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