GSMA Announces the Formation of a New Asia Pacific 5G Industry Community

Launched at Mobile 360 Asia Pacific, the APAC 5G Industry Community is a forum for people to learn and advocate 5G benefits to industries and enterprises

21 October 2021, Singapore: GSMA today announced at Mobile 360 Asia Pacific the formation of the Asia Pacific (APAC) 5G Industry Community; a new ecosystem established for those seeking opportunities to deliver Industry 4.0 and digital transformation from 5G networks, edge-cloud services, enterprise IoT and AI. The Community has been designed for stakeholders across the value chain including government and agencies, industry associations, mobile network providers, enterprises and industry players, solution providers, analysts, and consultants.

The APAC 5G Industry Community is comprised of 12 Contributing members, as well as the existing IoT and 5G emerging market community, which have over 500 members in more than 30 countries. APAC 5G Industry Community contributing members include AIS, Axiata, depa, DHL, Globe, Huawei, Kominfo, Maxis, MDEC, Schneider Electric, Telkomsel and, Viettel.

The 5G Imperative

The COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated digital transformation and more businesses are now driving forward with new technologies, with a particular focus on 5G. GSMA predicts that 5G will contribute $5 trillion to the global economy by 2025 , as countries increasingly benefit from the improvements in productivity and efficiency brought about by the increased take-up of mobile services. 5G will benefit all economic sectors during this period, with services and manufacturing seeing the most impact.

“During the COVID-19 pandemic, the mobile ecosystem acted as a lifeline for people, businesses, and society. The industry demonstrated its resilience, and we must now continue to push the boundaries of possibility. The purpose of the APAC 5G Industry Community is to unlock the power of 5G connectivity so that people, industries and society thrive. GSMA is committed to playing a leading role in supporting and amplifying the vital work our industry is doing at this time,” said GSMA’s Head of Asia Pacific, Julian Gorman. “We are thrilled to announce the formation of APAC 5G Industry Community as a collaboration platform to support 5G industry innovation, application and business opportunities.”


Advanced Info Services Plc (AIS)

“AIS is honored to be one of the founding members of GSMA APAC 5G Industry Community. 5G and related technologies will be crucial for promoting digital economies in this region. Our 5G network services, digital infrastructures, edge computing, platforms and partnership ecosystem reliably enable smart digital transformation of Thai businesses in various verticals including Manufacturing, Transportation & Logistics, Property, Healthcare, and Agriculture,” said Tanapong Ittisakulchai, Chief Enterprise Business Officer, Advanced Info Services Plc.

Axiata Group Berhad

“Asian industries, infrastructure, and manufacturing are at an inflection point of implementing digital technologies and smart services. With pockets of the supply and value chains in more advanced states of adoption, the pandemic and economic situations have accelerated wider end-to-end implementation considerations. Food safety, assured healthcare, smart manufacturing, transportation, and logistics industries are at the forefront of the digital transformation and adoption curve in the region. Axiata Enterprise through our service offerings, industry expertise, technology partnerships, and regional presence, has been an active and successful collaborator for our B2B clients. GSMA has played a critical role in connecting the regional IoT & 5G ecosystem and sharing of knowledge for early Proof Of Concept and Proof of Value with our flagship clients,” said Dr. Gopi Kurup, Chief Executive Officer, Axiata Enterprise.


“At Globe, we’re committed to letting our customers experience the benefits of 5G, which is more than just superfast connectivity speeds and lower latency. 5G is about how technology can transform experiences in ways never done before. Various industries have been using it for innovations such as augmented and virtual reality, IoT, machine learning, and AI. These are only a few of the many 5G benefits we have yet to discover,” shared Peter Maquera, Senior Vice President for Globe Business, Enterprise Group.


“Huawei has been working on digital transformation to support industries for viable paths of 5G connected services in recent years. Now, we have a golden key to open the gate of this trillion USD market for all potential industries to explore more converged technologies and business partner solutions with agile and open ecosystem alliance platform from this APAC 5G Industry Community foundation. We are pleased to become one of the key contributors of the Community, and look forward to engage more business partners and organizations in APAC region,” said Dennis Xiao, President of Carrier Business Group, Huawei Asia Pacific Region.


“The Ministry of Communications and Informatics of the Republic of Indonesia plays an important role that act not only as a policy maker and regulator, but also as a facilitator and accelerator of the digital transformation in Indonesia. 5G will be an enabling technology that can boost the digital transformation. We appreciate the initiatives from GSMA in establishing the APAC 5G Industry community, where stakeholders collaborates and working together to reach the full potential of 5G technology and benefit from it. We are pleased to join the community and hope that many more will join to enrich the community and grow together for creating not only intelligent but also meaningful connectivity for the global society,” said Denny Setiawan, Director of Spectrum Policy and Planning, Kominfo.


“Maxis is pleased to be part of the GSMA Asia Pacific 5G Industry Community, which enables us to share our expertise and leverage GSMA’s best practices to showcase the immense possibilities 5G and other advanced technologies can bring into the Malaysian marketplace. We remain committed to playing a key role in developing the 5G ecosystem, and bringing together the best of technologies to enable people, businesses and the nation to always be ahead in a changing world,” said Gokhan Ogut, Chief Executive Officer, Maxis.


“5G will enable substantive digital transformation of the economy, and the goals of the APAC 5G industry community initiative resonate with MDEC. We look forward to effective collaborations with both public and private stakeholders, in line with our vision to lead a progressive digital economy and in support of the Malaysia Digital Economy Blueprint (MyDIGITAL),” said Mahadhir Aziz, CEO, MDEC.


“As the first operator to launch 5G in Indonesia,  Telkomsel will ensure that this latest technology will empower business to be the forefront at their industries . Together we will create a success story by optimizing 5G innovation, including for IoT technology.  With IoT technology, our mission is to empower businesses and augment people by unleashing their digital potential through data-driven insight for better decision-making and actionable insight. As such, we are very excited to build the IoT community through GSMA APAC IoT Partnership. The partnership will strengthen collaboration with related stakeholders to build the 5G ecosystem that can benefit all levels of society,” said Alfian Manullang, VP, IoT, Telkomsel.

A story of two parts

Across APAC, while North Asia and the Oceania region are global pioneers for 5G deployment, there is still significant progress to be made in the rest of the region. There is an impetus to provide more support for education to industries, ecosystem development, innovation, and appropriate advocacy. As such, the APAC 5G Industry Community will seek to build a platform for people who are passionate about 5G and its benefits to industries and enterprises, to connect with peers and share their knowledge to build the next generation of the mobile ecosystem.

The ecosystem’s purpose

As part of the 5G Industry Community, there are three Industry Interest groups: Manufacturing, Logistics, Port and Transportation, and Healthcare. These groups will help members:

  • Share 5G experiences to foster a learning culture that helps industry partners and innovators innovate
  • Understand industry requirements, explore scenarios and applications of 5G
  • Promote commercial use, reference, and best practices
  • Network, build ecosystems and new partnerships

Additional benefits for community members will include:

  • A regular newsletter with the latest 5G industry developments and insights
  • Access to Industry Interest Group activities
  • Inclusion in 5G industry reports and case studies
  • Opportunities to speak and showcase in GSMA 5G activities. i.e., webinars, conferences, and a new 5G tour
  • A bespoke networking service where businesses are matched with innovators, social impact enterprises, and mobile operators

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