APAC leaders discuss 5G as South Korea reports numbers boost

Last week, representatives from APAC’s mobile ecosystem convened at the GSMA’s second APAC 5G Leaders’ CxO Summit. The event, supported by Japan’s Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications, saw focused discussions on policy, industry and commercial opportunities and challenges post 5G commercialisation. As adoption builds, the region’s ecosystem players are looking at how best to leverage 5G’s advanced capabilities to serve consumers and enterprises across a range of verticals.

Meanwhile, South Korea’s Ministry of Science and ICT has reported that at the end of August, 5G connections in the country reached 8.65 million. August saw the highest level of monthly 5G customer growth this year, which was likely supported by Samsung’s launch of its new Galaxy Note 20 smartphone. The prospect of additional 5G-capable devices from Samsung and other vendors could help subscriber adds remain strong over the near term. By 2025, GSMA Intelligence forecasts that 5G connections in South Korea will reach 41 million, representing a 67% adoption rate.

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