The Mobile Economy Asia Pacific 2021


The Mobile Economy
Asia Pacific


People will subscribe to mobile services by 2025, representing 62% of the region’s population. India will account for more than half of new subscribers.


Of total connections will be running on 5G networks by 2025. This is marked by significant 5G-related activities in several new markets, including India, Indonesia and Malaysia.


Economic value added generated by mobile technologies and services by 2025. Countries in the region increasingly benefit from the improvements in productivity and efficiency brought about by the increased take-up of mobile services.

Covid-19 has brought into sharp focus the importance of connectivity to society’s wellbeing, as it has helped people and businesses to stay connected during the pandemic and enabled innovative solutions to curb the spread of the virus.

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.