APAC 5G Industry Community

GSMA forecasts 5G will contribute $2.2 trillion to the global economy by 2034, with key industries such as manufacturing, healthcare, transportation, utilities, retail, financial services and public sector benefitting the most from the new technology for digital transformation, Industry 4.0 and enterprise 4.0.

APAC is huge market and fragment with pioneer 5G in North Asia and Oceania. Rest of APAC needs more support for education to industries, ecosystem development, innovation and appropriate advocacy.

In the APAC 5G Industry forum held in May 2021, there are 900+ registrations, 600+ attendees from 35+ countries covering government & agencies, analysts, consulting & industry association, mobile operators, enterprises, and solution providers. In the post event survey, more than 80% attendees agreed to form an APAC 5G Industry Community as a collaboration platform to support 5G industry innovation, application and business opportunities.

APAC 5G Industry Community is formed by 12 Contributing members and the existing IoT community and 5G emerging market community with over 500 members in more than 30 countries.

The Community as well as the vertical interest groups aim to build a platform for people who are passionate about 5G benefits to industries and enterprises, to connect with peers and share their knowledge, requirement, and build the ecosystem to support each others to drive businesses forward with the new technologies in APAC.

The community forms a few Industry interest groups, e.g. (1) Manufacturing (2) Logistics, Port & Transportation (3) Healthcare (4) Energy, Mining & Utility (5) Smart City & Public sector, that help the members:

  • Learn 5G experiences that help industries and innovators to gain knowledge and insights
  • Understand industry requirements, explore scenarios and applicable 5G use cases
  • Promote commercial use, reference and best practices
  • Networking, building ecosystem and partnership

Additional benefits for the community members:

  • Receive regular newsletter with latest 5G Industry development and insights
  • Access to the Industry Interest Group activities
  • Contribute to 5G industry report and case study
  • Speaking and show cases chance in GSMA 5G activities including webinar, conference and 5G tour, etc
  • Business matching opportunities for innovators, SI, enterprises and mobile operators
APAC 5G Industry Community Contributor members  


Advanced Info Service Public Company Limited or AIS, the No. 1 Digital Life Service Provider with the most service frequency, totaling 1420 MHz and the most users of more than 43.2 million numbers (as of June 2021) has become the first to provide entire 77 provinces with 5G through three business lines: mobile phones, high-speed home internet under the AIS Fiber brand, and digital services in five areas; video, cloud, digital payments, Internet of Things (IoT) and partnership services. AIS continues its expansion into new business groups such as AIS eSports and AIS Insurance Service. All is to support the strength of the country’s digital infrastructure, expand the capabilities of the industrial sector and improve the quality of life of Thai people at the same time.

AIS 5G Industry website https://business.ais.co.th/5g/


As one of the leading telecommunications groups in Asia in pursuit of its vision to be The Next Generation Digital Champion by 2024, Axiata has transformed itself from a holding entity with a portfolio of pure-play mobile assets into a Triple Core Strategy driven business focusing on Digital Telco, Digital Businesses and Infrastructure. Within ASEAN and South Asia, the Group has controlling stakes in market-leading mobile and fixed operators in the region including ‘Celcom’ in Malaysia, ‘XL’ in Indonesia, ‘Dialog’ in Sri Lanka, ‘Robi’ in Bangladesh, ‘Smart’ in Cambodia and ‘Ncell’ in Nepal. Axiata is actively spearheading efforts to transform its mobile-centric operations into digital converged companies.

Axiata Digital, the digital services arm of Axiata is focused on two digital business verticals namely Digital Financial Services (‘Boost’, ‘Aspirasi’) and Digital Analytics & AI (‘ADA’).

‘edotco’, the Group’s infrastructure company, operates in eight countries to deliver telecommunications infrastructure services, amassing approximately 32,800 towers. Presently the 16th largest independent tower companies globally, it aims to be one of the top regional telecommunications tower companies and is committed to responsible and sustainable business operations.


The Digital Economy Promotion Agency (depa) was established under Thailand’s Digital Development for Economy and Society Act on 23 January 2017. The agency aims to support the development of digital industry and innovation. It also aims to promote digital technology adoption to benefit the nation’s economy, society, culture, as well as security. More information about depa can be found at https://www.depa.or.th/en/about-depa/background

Thailand 5G ecosystem innovation centre website is https://www.5geicthailand.com/


DHL is the leading global brand in the logistics industry. Our DHL divisions offer an unrivalled portfolio of logistics services ranging from national and international parcel delivery, e-commerce shipping and fulfillment solutions, international express, road, air and ocean transport to industrial supply chain management. With about 400,000 employees in more than 220 countries and territories worldwide, DHL connects people and businesses securely and reliably, enabling global sustainable trade flows. With specialized solutions for growth markets and industries including technology, life sciences and healthcare, engineering, manufacturing & energy, auto-mobility and retail, DHL is decisively positioned as “The logistics company for the world”.

DHL is part of Deutsche Post DHL Group. The Group generated revenues of more than 66 billion euros in 2020. With sustainable business practices and a commitment to society and the environment, the Group makes a positive contribution to the world. Deutsche Post DHL Group aims to achieve zero-emissions logistics by 2050.

DHL Whitepaper


Globe Business enables large corporations to catapult their business towards digital transformation.

Combining homegrown knowledge of the Philippine market with the latest innovations, Globe Business is able to provide the right technology, infrastructure, and know-how to companies from a wide range of industries. Globe Business creates opportunities for growth and progress not only for enterprises, but for the entire nation.

Globe Businesss https://www.globe.com.ph/business/enterprise.html


Founded in 1987, Huawei is a leading global provider of information and communications technology (ICT) infrastructure and smart devices. We have approximately 197,000 employees and we operate in over 170 countries and regions, serving more than three billion people around the world.

Huawei’s mission is to bring digital to every person, home and organization for a fully connected, intelligent world. To this end, we will: drive ubiquitous connectivity and promote equal access to networks to lay the foundation for the intelligent world; provide the ultimate computing power to deliver ubiquitous cloud and intelligence; build powerful digital platforms to help all industries and organizations become more agile, efficient, and dynamic; redefine user experience with AI, offering consumers more personalized and intelligent experiences across all scenarios, including home, travel, office, entertainment, and fitness & health.

Visit to Huawei website: https://www.huawei.com/en/


The Ministry of Communications and Informatics assists the President in administering state government with the task of carrying out government affairs in the field of communications and information technology. Minister of Communications and Informatics (Menkominfo) is the head of The Ministry of Communications and Informatics, who has been held by Mr. Johnny Gerard Plate since October 23, 2019.


Maxis is Malaysia’s leading converged solutions provider, providing high quality digital services and connectivity solutions. As a homegrown Malaysian brand, we have been serving Malaysians for over 25 years and are passionate about bringing together the best of technologies to enable people, businesses and the nation to Always Be Ahead in a changing world. With digitalisation changing the way we live, communicate and access services, we continue to be at the forefront of innovation through our products and services for consumers and enterprises, leveraging our No. 1 converged network that extends to over 93% of the country’s population and one of the widest retail networks nationwide.

We take great pride in investing in the nation and creating a positive impact for all our stakeholders through our community outreach programmes. These are driven by digital learning for students, helping small businesses grow, digitally empowering women entrepreneurs as well as providing scholarships and capability building programmes for deserving young Malaysian talent. Maxis is a public listed company on Bursa Malaysia, with shares owned by over 4,400 institutional shareholders that include more than 24% Government Related Institutional Investors as of February 2021.

For our sustainability track record and other important information please visit www.maxis.com.my.

Link to Maxis’ 5G story: https://www.maxis.com.my/en/about-maxis/maxis-network/#the-future-of-5g


Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC) is the agency under the Ministry of Communications and Multimedia Malaysia leading the digital transformation of the economy for 25 years. We aim to enable a progressive, innovation-led digital economy.

To achieve this, MDEC will execute on its NADI (Nadi Digital) framework, based on the four thrusts: New skills, Adoption, Digital ScaleUps and Investments. NADI will drive our core programmes for the rakyat, industry and investors. MDEC will continue to lead Malaysia’s digital economy forward towards becoming a globally competitive digital nation, anchored on innovation, sustainability and shared prosperity, firmly establishing Malaysia as the Heart of Digital ASEAN.

To find out more about MDEC’s Digital Economy initiatives, please visit us at www.mdec.my or follow us on: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MyMDEC/ Twitter: @mymdec

Schneider Electric

Schneider Electric is multinational corporation providing energy and automation digital solutions for efficiency and sustainability. It addresses homes, buildings, data centers, infrastructure and industries, by combining energy technologies, real-time automation, software and services. The company has operations in over 100 countries. Schneider Electric operates business units: Energy Management, Industrial Automation, and Services.


Telkomsel is the leading digital cellular operator in Indonesia and it has deployed more than 212.000 BTS to serve more than 171  million customers nationwide to the most inner, outermost, and least developed regions. Over the last 25 years of serving the nation, Telkomsel has been consistently implementing the latest broadband technology, including being the first to trial 5G services in Indonesia. Furthermore, Telkomsel continues to develop digital businesses such as Mobile Gaming, Digital Entertainment, Digital Advertising, Digital Lifestyle, Mobile Financial Services, Enterprise Solutions, and Internet of Things to enable Indonesian society to continue to discover new ways of living. Telkomsel’s customer service can be reached through the 24-hour call center, the nearest GraPARI across Indonesia, by email at cs@telkomsel.co.id, through social media channels facebook.com/telkomsel, Twitter @telkomsel, Instagram @telkomsel, or through Telkomsel’s virtual assistant available on MyTelkomsel app, Telkomsel’s LINE, Telegram, Whatsapp, and Facebook Messenger.

Telkomsel 5G landing page : https://www.telkomsel.com/en/5G


Viettel is one of the world’s fastest growing telecom operators.

With considerable experience in universalizing telecommunications services in many developing countries, we understand that connecting is fundamental to human. We also understand that connecting people does not merely means making phone calls or exchanging text messages but is also a way to enjoy life, to be creative and to prosper. Through our creative approaches, Viettel always tries best to connect people anytime, anywhere and regardless of who they are.

After a journey of 30 years, Viettel has grown into an international business and the most valuable brand in Vietnam (in 2019). We have presence in 11 countries in Asia, America and Africa with more than 110 million accesses.

Other than Telecommunications, Viettel also has expertise on Hi-tech Research and Manufacturing, Postal Services, Construction, Commerce, Importing and Exporting, IDC and so on.

For more information, please visit http://5gviettel.com.vn/


Singapore’s Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA) leads Singapore’s digital transformation by developing a vibrant digital economy and an inclusive digital society. As Architects of Singapore’s Digital Future, we foster growth in Infocomm Technology and Media sectors in concert with progressive regulations, harnessing frontier technologies, and developing local talent and digital infrastructure ecosystems to establish Singapore as a digital metropolis.

Website: www.imda.gov.sg

APAC 5G Industry Community ecosystem partners

Bridge Alliance

Bridge Alliance is the leading mobile alliance for premier operators and their customers in the Asia Pacific, Middle East and Africa. Our alliance covers 34 members who serve close to 900 million customers collectively across these regions. Our goal is to build group capabilities and create value for our members by enabling compelling roaming services and experience, offering multi-market enterprise and IoT solutions, and delivering savings and benefits through leveraging group economies.

Bridge Alliance’s members and partners include: Airtel (India, Sri Lanka and the Airtel subsidiaries in Africa: Chad, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Gabon, Kenya, Malawi, Madagascar, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Seychelles, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia), AIS (Thailand), China Telecom (China), China Unicom (China), CSL Mobile (Hong Kong), CTM (Macau), Globe Telecom (Philippines), Maxis (Malaysia), Metfone (Cambodia), MobiFone (Vietnam), Optus (Australia), Singtel (Singapore), SK Telecom (South Korea), stc (Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Kuwait), SoftBank Corp. (Japan), Taiwan Mobile (Taiwan), and Telkomsel (Indonesia).

European Association for Business and Commerce (EABC)

Joint Foreign Chambers of Commerce in Thailand

Holomedicine® Association

The Holomedicine® Association is the first global industry association for Holomedicine®, created to illustrate the innovation in the field of digital health and to help shape the debate around the digital transformation. It consists of individual experts from medicine, science, technology, and policy. We work to build new methods for delivering mixed reality technologies in medicine and surgery, ensuring they have maximum clinical impact.

The Greater Bay Area 5G Industry Alliance

The Greater Bay Area (the GBA) 5G Industry Alliance (the Alliance) is a non-profit organization composed of operators, industry-leading companies, social organizations, academic researchers and 5G-related enterprises that participate in a mutually beneficial community aiming to develop the 5G industrial chain. In accordance with the principles of “volunteering, equality, collaboration and win-win,” and to promote the development of the GBA smart cities, the Alliance streamlines the sharing of resources, technology exchange and product collaboration to spur on the development of related advanced technologies, products, and solutions surrounding 5G to promote.

For more information, please visit https://gba-5g-alliance.org/en/.


If you are interested to learn more about the community objectives, activities, or like to become a member, please fill in the form below or contact Terence Wong at twong@gsma.com.

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