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2021 The Mobile Economy Asia Pacific

Across Asia Pacific, operators are using the exceptional scale and utility of mobile networks and services to facilitate innovative digital solutions for large and small enterprises in line with Industry 4.0 objectives, in which 5G and IoT will play key roles.

A second phase of 5G network rollouts has begun in the region, marked by a number of 5G-related activities in India, Indonesia and Malaysia. The arrival of 5G in some of these markets could further incentivise the mass production of more affordable 5G devices and drive the development of new 5G applications for consumers and enterprises in emerging markets.

As Asia Pacific continues to deal with, and ultimately emerges from, the pandemic, connectivity will be crucial to rebuilding economies and making them more resilient to future shocks. 5G networks, cloud services, edge computing, AI, big data, and IoT will all play a key role in realising the full potential of a post-pandemic digital economy. Read more on this study.

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 the industry-leading MWC events held annually in Barcelona, Los Angeles and Shanghai, as well as the Mobile 360 Series of regional conferences.