Essential Guide

Essential Guide: State of 5G in APAC


The rollout of 5G networks across the Asia-Pacific region has been uneven, with mature markets like Singapore, South Korea and Australia leading the pack with consumer services and trials involving enterprise use cases such as robotics that take advantage of the low-latency capabilities of the technology.

Later this month, India will join the fray with a 5G spectrum auction following trials by Indian telcos to test 5G applications such as cloud gaming, robotics and telehealth.

But for 5G to take off across the region, a confluence of factors will need to be in place. That includes the ability of telcos to monetise their 5G investments and develop new applications, as well as the availability of cheaper handsets necessary for mass adoption, especially in emerging markets.

In this Essential Guide, we examine the state of 5G across Asia-Pacific, ways in which organisations are leveraging 5G and how telcos are transforming themselves to support new 5G services.

1Market momentum-

Market momentum

From India to Australia, 5G rollouts are gathering pace across the region


India gears up for 5G but challenges remain

The country’s upcoming spectrum auction marks the start of larger scale deployments of 5G in the subcontinent, but telcos will need to find a way to address high infrastructure costs and monetise their investments Continue Reading


How enterprise 5G is playing out in Australia

5G adoption is taking place in the industrial arena and other sectors, but telcos will need to transform themselves and overcome cost challenges to drive wider adoption Continue Reading


Singapore pulls ahead with public sector 5G trials

Singapore’s public sector organisations are testing the use of 5G connectivity to remotely operate an autonomous vehicle for road-sweeping, among other use cases Continue Reading


Malaysia government intervenes to drive 5G forward

The government of Malaysia pledges to spend 15bn ringgit to set up an entity that would be granted spectrum and operational scope to manage 5G roll-outs Continue Reading


Almost 2,000 5G cities globally at end of 2021

Research shows 23 live open radio access network deployments and 24 standalone 5G networks in addition to almost 2,000 cities in the world having a next-generation mobile network Continue Reading

2Enterprise use cases-

Enterprise use cases

Robotics, industrial automation and manufacturing are just some of the 5G applications that are being deployed across the region


Hyundai taps Singtel’s 5G network in electric vehicle manufacturing

Automotive giant is tapping Singtel’s 5G network and multi-access edge computing platform to manage and power its electric vehicle factory in Singapore Continue Reading


Micron to deploy mmWave in Singapore fab

The US chipmaker is leveraging Singtel’s 5G mmWave connectivity to roll out a range of Industry 4.0 applications at its cleanroom in Singapore Continue Reading


Nokia and University of Technology Sydney unveil 5G-connected microbrewery

5G-connected microbrewery located in the Tech Lab of leading Australian educational establishment, which forms part of Industry 4.0 research facility, uses comms tech provider’s 5G backhaul connectivity solution and digital twin technology to optimise brewing process Continue Reading


Mavenir powers Thailand’s Smart City to add fuel to 5G Open RAN fire

Thailand’s state comms technology joins consortium of network firms to develop “Silicon Beach”, with end-to-end 5G private network Continue Reading


Private 5G networks will be a ‘big trend’

With private 5G networks, enterprises can expect a wireless local area network type architecture that addresses the limitations of Wi-Fi, says top Commscope executive Continue Reading

3Digital telcos-

Digital telcos

Telcos across the region are transforming their technology infrastructure to support new 5G capabilities in a bid to become digital telcos


How M1 is striving to be a digital telco

Singapore’s M1 is dialling up its digital chops by monetising its data, building more personalised services for subscribers, and going beyond connectivity as it evolves into a digital telco Continue Reading


Axiata doubles down on Google Cloud

The regional telecoms group plans to use Google Cloud’s compute, storage and networking services across the six telcos under its fold Continue Reading


How Globe Telecom is doubling down on cloud

The largest mobile operator in the Philippines has moved its legacy systems to the cloud and there is more to come as it looks towards deploying cloud radio access networks and cloud-native applications Continue Reading


CW Innovation Awards: Jio Platforms taps machine learning to manage telco network

Why India’s largest telecom operator built its own machine learning platform to meet the growing data and signalling requirements of new networks Continue Reading


Bharti Airtel taps OpenStack to modernise telco network

India’s Bharti Airtel turns to OpenStack to ready its network for emerging technologies such as 5G and edge computing Continue Reading

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