Asia/Pacific 5G Spectrum and Deployment Update

Asia/Pacific 5G Spectrum and Deployment Update

Commercial 5G services, starting with South Korea in April 2019, are expected to be launched between 2019–1H21 across Japan, the People's Republic of China (PRC), Hong Kong, and Australia. "Each market will be dealing with different mix of bands and technical challenges, but it does appear at this stage that mmWave will play an important role in capacity, small cells, and to a lesser extent mobility services," says Bill Rojas, adjunct research director, IDC Asia/Pacific. "Each market will develop 5G consumer and enterprise use cases tailored for local markets, but IDC believes that consumer virtual reality will not go mainstream until post 2022, but high-resolution video services will emerge rapidly once adequate coverage and capacity are built out," adds Bill Rojas.

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Executive Snapshot
In This Market Note
IDC's Point of View
South Korea — Emphasis on Rapid National Coverage
Japan — Emphasis on Enterprise Use Cases and mmWave Mobility
PRC — Preparing for Scale on C-Band
Hong Kong — In-Building 5G Coverage and Outdoor Small Cells
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