5G Ecosystem – Unlocking opportunities through strategic partnership

5G Ecosystem – Unlocking opportunities through strategic partnership

Start: Tuesday 20 September 2022 15:00

End: Tuesday 20 September 2022 17:00

Venue: Online (Hong Kong Standard Time)

5G as a key enabler of digital transformation (characteristics and challenges)

  • 5G is not just another evolution of cellular technology enhancing mobile broadband capabilities, it is set to transform the world by offering connectivity as a service to anything, at any time and from everywhere
  • As 5G starts to position beyond just a network, industry players will embark on multiple track to tap on this “New Oil” and explore what is possible for the next 10 – 20 years
  • However, like any expedition to the unknown, there’s unchartered territory which will eventually land a heavy blow (High learning curve) to any explorer’s maiden voyage
  • In order to build a sustainable “map”, key industry players who is keen on investing 5G in their digital transformation journey will need to forge value based business relationship across industry in order to ride on the 5G wave
  • Technology enable digital transformation, which is anticipated to grow significantly in the coming years. Frost & Sullivan forecasts that it will grow from $147 billion in 2019 to $235 billion in 2023.

Maxis forms one of the largest 5G Alliances to accelerate tech breakthroughs

  • Maxis 5G Alliance formed to accelerate 5G technology and IoT enterprise solutions in line with national digital agenda
  • 16 initial members comprising global and local tech and industry leaders, innovators, and lighthouse customers from diverse industries to leverage ecosystem and unlock value of IR4.0 technologies
  • Maxis committed to fostering innovation in the country in line with its purpose to enabling the nation to always be ahead

Thailand is the first country in ASEAN to launch a 5G commercial service since 2020

  • In last June, the Prime Minister of Thailand announced the formation of Thailand 5G Alliance that can help Thailand become a digital center for the entire ASEAN region. depa forms national alliance to drive 5G adoption in Thailand and set strong ambitious to drive industry collaboration.

Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area

  • The Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area (Greater Bay Area) comprises of the two Special Administrative Regions of Hong Kong and Macao, and the nine municipalities including Guangzhou, Shenzhen in Guangdong Province. The total area is around 56,000 km2. Total population in the Greater Bay Area is over 86 million and the GDP is USD 1,668.8 billion in 2020. HKSTP has built a thriving I&T ecosystem converging stakeholders from government, industry, academic and research sectors, and curated an extensive range of tailored programmes and initiatives including 5G to accelerate the process from R&D to commercialization.

Indonesia X-CAMP

  • The Indonesia X-CAMP owns by XL Axiata in Jakarta is an Innovation Centre built to accelerate the development of IoT ecosystem in Indonesia where IoT players (Startup, Developer, Student, Maker) can develop their products through Testbed Facility and Product Development. The scope expands to 5G as a key enabler for Industry4.0 in Indonesia.

Ecosystem building in the 5G era

This virtual event will bring together mobile, telcos and technologies specialists from industries across the APAC 5G Industry ecosystem, including mobile network operators, regulators, and business enterprises. Topics include:

  • Overview of the existing 5G ecosystem
  • Example of partnership and outcome
  • Panel: Discuss how we can accelerate the digital transformation with policy, technology, ecosystem and partnership area


Watch Webinar Recording
15:00 - 15:05

Opening: Overview of  5G ecosystem in the region
Terence Wong, Head of APAC 5G Industry Community, GSMA

15:05 - 15:25

Keynote – Unlock opportunities through strategic partnership and alliance
Selvakumar Rajasekaran, Head of Enterprise Products, Maxis Business

15:25 - 15:45

Keynote – 5G accelerate industry4.0 across sectors
David Smith, Head of Ecosystems, Huawei SPO Lab

15:45 - 16:05

Keynote – How 5G empower automation with advance robotics?
Kok Soong LEE, Managing Director, Omron Electronics Sdn. Bhd.

16:05 - 16:20

Keynote – Connectivity for Insight into the World
Shaw Liu, Expert Manager, Industrial Development & Public Affairs, TD Tech

16:20 - 17:00

5G Alliance & Ecosystem Panel


Moderator: Terence Wong, Head of APAC 5G Industry Community, GSMA



  • Dr. Supakorn, Executive Vice President, depa (Digital Economy Promotion Agency), Thailand
  • Peter Mok, Head of Greater Bay Area (GBA) at Hong Kong Science & Technology Park (HKSTP)
  • Marvin Liong, Head of IoT & Solutions Architect, Maxis Business, Malaysia
  • Sharif Mahfoedz, Group Head - VP Enterprise Product & Marketing, XL Axiata, Indonesia


Supakorn Siddhichai

Executive Vice President, Smart City Promotion, depa

Supakorn graduated from the Electrical and Electronic Engineering department, Imperial College, London. In 2001, he joined NECTEC as a research scientist and led various projects involving computer vision, intelligent transportation systems, rural education promotion, and smart city. Since 2015, he has served the Royal Thai Government’s smart city initiative and led the implementation of smart city in Phuket. He joined Digital Economy Promotion Agency (depa) in 2017 as Vice President of the Smart City Promotion department, in charge of driving smart cities around Thailand. Since April 2019, he has served as Executive Vice President in charge of smart city promotion, IoT and digital innovation, and digital platform promotion.

Terence Wong

Market Development Director, Head of APAC 5G Industry & IoT Community, APAC, GSMA

Terence serves as the Market Development Director at APAC Technology team in GSMA. The key focus is on 5G, IoT, eSIM. He establishes the APAC IoT partnership programme and the APAC 5G Industry Community that accelerates the 5G and IoT ecosystem development and innovation in the APAC region. The IoT partnership programme accumulates 60+ MNOs, 500+ innovators and ecosystem members in 20+ APAC countries, jointly drive the digital transformation in various sector including manufacturing, transportation, logistics & port, healthcare, smarty city, agriculture and environment protection etc.

Worked for IT/Telco industry for over twenty years, Terence has strong and broad experiences in telecom industries on infrastructure, product development and management, consultancy, sales and marketing. He has worked for multinational companies such as Fujitsu, Nokia, and served as the architect, consultant, product lead and pre-sales head of BSS/OSS in the Asia region.

Terence has Bachelor of Engineering (Electronic Engineering) in Hong Kong University of Science and Technology and Master of Business Administration (Information Technology Management) in Hong Kong Polytechnics University, previously certified as Project Management Professional (Project Management Institute).

Peter Mok

Head of Greater Bay Area at HKSTP, Hong Kong Science and Technology Parks Corporation

Experienced Tech Sector Global Partnership Lead with a demonstrated history in glooming the largest domestic startup supporting system. Equipped with decades of work experience in the private sector as well as non-profit organization management. Skilled in Entrepreneurship, Executive Search, Venture Capital, M&A, Global Sales Management, corporate legal affairs and Start-up management. Strong consulting professional with an LLB in Law from University of London, BA in Economics and Philosophy from HKU and MBA from CUHK.

David Smith

Head of Ecosystems, Huawei SPO Lab

Huawei SPO Lab’s mission is to research how Telco’s will do business in 5+ years’ time looking at innovations in business models, processes and ecosystems.

David role Huawei SPO Lab’s is to lead in building industry ecosystem partnerships for digital innovation “go-to-market” solutions

David’s Bio

  • 30+ years in corporate innovation, international expansion, M&A, investment banking, and venture capital.
  • 11 years in Silicon Valley from 2006 to 2017 and now back in Dublin, Ireland
  • Has advised over 400 companies on expansion and innovation strategy, supported €200 m in sales, €125 m in funds raised and $400 m in M&A deals
  • Head of Ecosystem Research Huawei SPO Lab – Digital Transformation and New Digital Services
  • FirstCapital (Investment Bank), Managing Director, set up Silicon Valley and Dublin offices and led Corporate Development
  • US Market Access Centre (Global Incubator in Silicon Valley), Corporate Development Lead, founder of TechMatch program
  • Enterprise Ireland (Dept. of State & VC), SVP Telecoms, Silicon Valley Office
  • Previously international marketing and communications for global public and private companies
  • More details at   https://www.linkedin.com/in/davidivorsmith

Marvin Liong

Head of IoT & Solutions Architect, Maxis Business, Malaysia

Cellular network Industry veteran of 17 years. Work experience encompasses leadership role, practice lead for 5G & private network, business development, technical solution pre-sales, network strategy, cellular spectrum strategy, product management and network operations.

Marvin is currently the Practices lead for 5G, IOT and Private network in Maxis Entreprise Practices while also taking up an additional role as the Lead for IOT and Solution Architect.


Selvakumar Rajasekaran

Head of Enterprise Products, Maxis

Selvakumar Rajasekaran is Maxis’ Head of Enterprise Products where he oversees the strategic plans and product capabilities for Maxis Business. He is also responsible for the development of technological capabilities, infrastructure, and partnerships for Maxis’ Enterprise.

Selvakumar has accumulatively over 20 years of experience with prior roles as SVP & Head of Enterprise Products in Jio and VP for New Product Development & Partnerships in Vodafone.

Kok Soong Lee

Managing Director, Industry Sales, Omron Electronics Sdn Bhd

Kok Soong Lee is the Managing Director of Omron Electronics Sdn Bhd, responsible in sales, channel management, support & service.

Lee started career in factory maintenance in 1993 and then joined German company Festo for 20 years covering various roles in sales, product application and engineering. He joined Omron in 2013 responsible for Industry Sales with expertise in sales management, Mechanical Design, Project Management and etc.

He successfully led and managed numerous projects involving automatic warehouses, central bank, semicon machines in previous positions despite lack of resources. In current position he manages the implementation of industrial sales strategies, growth focus in F&C, robot & OEM business as well as influence in organization change.

Lee has a Bachelor degree in Mechanical Engineering (Australia).

Shaw Liu

Expert Manager, Industrial Development & Public Affairs, TD Tech

Sharif Mahfoedz

Group Head - VP Enterprise Product & Marketing, XL Axiata Tbk

Experienced Senior Management with deep Information Technology background and Commerce (both Consumer & B2B segment) skills in leading direct reports as well as cross functional teams, managing a product line from cradle to grave, justifying new product development investments, determining and documenting new product requirements, developing sales forecasts and product pricing, and launching new digital products to the marketplace. Proven ability to manage key account relationships and large-scale projects. Have worked in both Network Vendor and Telecom Operator environment.