2020

The Mobile Economy
Asia Pacific

663
M

New mobile internet users across Asia Pacific by 2025. This growth in connectivity is helping the mobile industry increase its impact across all the UN SDGs.

23
%

Almost a quarter of total mobile connections will be running on 5G networks by 2025. Advanced countries across the region continue to lead in 5G deployments and use despite the challenges posed by COVID-19.

$
414
BN

Operator capex for the period 2020-2025. 80% of this will be on 5G.

In the face of today’s global challenges, the digital ecosystem across Asia Pacific has proved vital in the response to COVID-19. Participants from the entire digital value chain – including operators, vendors, internet players and governments – are pulling together to ensure the most positive outcome possible.

Mobile operators have been granted a unique opportunity with a boost in the adoption of mature/quality-based services e.g. video calling for business, online collaboration tools, video streaming, e-commerce and mobile payments.

Meanwhile, 5G continues to gather pace across the region, with nine markets having launched commercial mobile 5G services and 12 more officially announcing plans to do so. This makes Asia Pacific home to some of the most advanced 5G markets in the world, with countries such as Australia, China, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore and South Korea all aiming to be global leaders in 5G.