5G in Asia-Pacific, Forecast to 2025

5G in Asia-Pacific, Forecast to 2025

With stiff competition in the telecommunications space, along with eroding margins due to the presence of Over-the-Top (OTT) participants providing communication services, operators have been looking for additional revenue streams to boost both their top line and bottom line. Realizing this, Frost & Sullivan has published a study documenting the activities undertaken by operators in the region in terms of 5G. The study contains updates on 5G standards as well as the frequency and spectrum allocation differences among operators in different regions. As compared to 4G, operators have found that the mmWave spectrum for 5G offers much higher bandwidth than typical mid-band spectrum (1 to 6GHz). The additional features of 5G such as ultra-reliable, low-latency communications (URLLC) give operators the opportunity to offer new services to both enterprises and consumers.

The study also contains research on the progress of 5G implementation of major participants in the region. Our research has found that countries such as South Korea, Japan, and China are leading APAC in terms of 5G research and development, and most operators are looking for additional revenue streams that 5G can introduce. Among operators in APAC, the most popular use cases are on autonomous driving and augmented and virtual reality, both of which rely on the lower latency and higher bandwidth that 5G offers. It is expected that with 5G, B2B services will form the majority of additional services that operators introduce in the industry.

The time frame is from 2018 to 2025, of which the forecast period is from 2019 to 2025. Companies mentioned in this study include but are not limited to 2degrees, 3 UK, AIS, AT&T, Airtel, BSNL, Bharti Airtel, Celcom, China Mobile, China Telecom, China Unicom, DTAC, Dialog, EE, Ericsson, Globe, Huawei, Hutchinson Telecom, Indosat Ooredoo, KDDI, KT, LG U+, M1, Maxis, MobiFone, NTT DoCoMo, Nokia and ZTE, O2, Optus, PLDT Smart, Reliance Jio, SK Telecom, Singtel, Smart, Softbank, Spark, Sprint, StarHub, T-Mobile, Telkomsel, Telstra, TrueMoveH, Verizon, Viettel, Vinaphone, Vodafone, XL Axiata.

This study is based on primary interviews of mobile network operators and vendors in combination with extensive secondary research. It covers APAC trends compared against the global benchmarks of the US and the UK. Countries covered include South Korea, Japan, China, India, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, the Philippines, and Vietnam.

Key Issues Addressed
What are updates on 5G standardization, frequency, and spectrum allocation as well as trials?
When will 5G be available for rollout, and what is the optimum timing for 5G?
How big will the market be for 5G?
What are the more viable use cases for 5G? What are the prospects for business models and monetization of these use cases?
Why should mobile operators implement 5G, and what is the best approach to deploying 5G?


  • Executive Summary
    • Key Findings
    • Key Questions this Study will Answer
  • Market Overview-Total 5G Market
    • 5G-Market Definitions
    • 5G-What Is 5G?
    • 5G-Standardization Updates
    • 5G-Frequency and Spectrum Updates
    • 5G-Trials Updates
    • 5G-Timeline Updates
  • Forecasts and Trends-Total 5G Market
    • Forecast Assumptions
    • 5G Service Revenue Forecast by Service
      • Table Total 5G Market: Revenue Forecast by Service, APAC, 2019-2025
    • 5G Service Revenue Forecast by Service-Discussion
  • 5G Use Cases
    • 5G Use Cases-A Snapshot
    • 5G Use Cases-Enhanced Use Cases Driven by 5G
    • 5G Use Case-AI and Big Data
    • 5G Use Case-Gaming
    • 5G Use Case-IoT
    • 5G Use Case-AR and VR
    • 5G Use Case-Drones
    • 5G Use Case-eMBB
  • Country Analysis
    • Summary of Trends in Developed Countries
    • Summary of Trends in Developing Countries
  • Country Analysis-UK
    • Developed Nations-UK Analysis
    • Developed Nations-UK 5G Market Activity
    • Developed Nations-UK 5G Market Analysis Discussion
    • 5G Use Case-UK
  • Country Analysis-US
    • Developed Nations-US Analysis
    • Developed Nations-US 5G Market Activity
    • Developed Nations-US 5G Market Analysis Discussion
    • 5G Use Case-US
  • Country Analysis-South Korea
    • Developed Nations-South Korea Analysis
    • Developed Nations-South Korea 5G Market Activity
    • Developed Nations-South Korea 5G Market Analysis Discussion
    • 5G Use Case-South Korea
  • Country Analysis-Japan
    • Developed Nations-Japan Analysis
    • Developed Nations-Japan 5G Market Activity
    • Developed Nations-Japan 5G Market Analysis Discussion
    • 5G Use Case-Japan
  • Country Analysis-Australia
    • Developed Nations-Australia Analysis
    • Developed Nations-Australia 5G Market Activity
    • Developed Nations-Australia 5G Market Analysis Discussion
    • 5G Use Case-Australia
  • Country Analysis-Singapore
    • Developed Nations-Singapore Analysis
    • Developed Nations-Singaporean 5G Market Activity
    • Developed Nations-Singaporean 5G Market Analysis Discussion
    • 5G Use Case-Singapore
  • Country Analysis-New Zealand
    • Developed Nations-New Zealand Analysis
    • Developed Nations-New Zealand 5G Market Activity
    • Developed Nations-New Zealand 5G Market Analysis Discussion
    • 5G Use Case-New Zealand
  • Country Analysis-China
    • Developing Nations-China Analysis
    • Developing Nations-Chinese 5G Market Activity
    • Developing Nations-Chinese Market Analysis Discussion
    • 5G Use Case-China
  • Country Analysis-India
    • Developing Nations-India Analysis
    • Developing Nations-Indian 5G Market Activity
    • Developing Nations-Indian Analysis Discussion
    • 5G Use Case-India
  • Country Analysis-Malaysia
    • Developing Nations-Malaysia Analysis
    • Developing Nations-Malaysian 5G Market Activity
    • Developing Nations-Malaysian Market Analysis Discussion
    • 5G Use Case-Malaysia
  • Country Analysis-Indonesia
    • Developing Nations-Indonesian Analysis
    • Developing Nations-Indonesian 5G Market Activity
    • Developing Nations-Indonesian Market Analysis Discussion
    • 5G Use Case-Indonesia
  • Country Analysis-Philippines
    • Developing Nations-Philippines Analysis
    • Developing Nations-Philippines 5G Market Activity
    • Developing Nations-Philippines Market Analysis Discussion
    • 5G Use Case-Philippines
  • Country Analysis-Thailand
    • Developing Nations-Thailand Analysis
    • Developing Nations-Thai 5G Market Activity
    • Developing Nations-Thailand Market Analysis Discussion
    • 5G Use Case-Thailand
  • Country Analysis-Vietnam
    • Developing Nations-Vietnam Analysis
    • Developing Nations-Vietnam 5G Market Activity
    • Developing Nations-Vietnam Analysis Discussion
    • 5G Use Case-Vietnam
  • Case for 5G in APAC
    • The Future Is Full of New Possibilities and Opportunities with 5G
    • Impact of 5G on Countries, Industries, Businesses, and Consumers in APAC
  • Mobile Operator 5G Readiness Survey
    • 2018 Key Mobile Services Market Trends
  • Growth Opportunities and Companies to Action
    • Growth Opportunity 1-AI
    • Growth Opportunity 2-Cloud Computing
    • Growth Opportunity 3-Cybersecurity
    • Growth Opportunity 4-Vertical-specific Solutions
    • Strategic Imperatives for Success and Growth
    • Major Growth Opportunities for IoT in 5G
  • The Last Word
    • The Last Word-Conclusion and Recommendations
    • The Last Word-3 Big Predictions
  • Appendix
    • Acronyms

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