GSMA community has grown rapidly to more than 2,000 members from over 60 countries, with further growth expected in 2023
25 October 2022, Bangkok: GSMA today celebrated one year since it formed the APAC 5G Industry Community which now includes more than 700 member organisations and 2,000 individuals from 66 countries – making it the fastest growing GSMA community in the Asia Pacific region. Building on this success, there are plans for further growth into vertical markets in 2023 with an ‘alliance of alliances’ initiative.
The APAC 5G Industry Community was announced by the GSMA in October last year with founding members including AIS, Axiata, depa, DHL, Globe, Huawei, Kominfo, Maxis, MDEC, Schneider Electric, Telkomsel and Viettel. The ecosystem was established for all stakeholders across the 5G industry, including government agencies, industry associations and mobile network providers, to support collaboration on Industry 4.0 and digital transformation built on 5G networks, edge-cloud services, enterprise IoT and AI.
Speaking at the 13th Global Mobile Broadband Forum (MBBF) in Bangkok, Julian Gorman, Head of APAC, GSMA, said, “We want to continue our growth by expanding vertical market engagement – with organisations representing industries from medicine to mining – to create an ‘alliance of alliances’. This approach will enable us to reach communities that traditionally have been outside the mobile ecosystem to drive collaboration for them across the 5G value chain. To expedite this growth, GSMA is pledging to support for any national or international alliances led by MNOs, governments or industry associations with an interest in 5G.”
The APAC 5G Industry Community has hosted several virtual workshops throughout the year and has been the catalyst for collaboration, confirming further alliances with:
- Bridge Alliance, with 34 members across Asia Pacific, the Middle East and Africa.
- The Thailand 5G Alliance, founded by the Digital Economy Promotion Agency (DEPA).
- Greater Bay Area 5G Industry Alliance, with members in Hong Kong, Macau,
Shenzhen and eight more cities in the Guangdong provinces.
- Holomedicine Association, with 1000+ worldwide healthcare researchers and experts.
- Maxis’ 5G Alliance Programme in Malaysia.
- Telkomsel’s 5G Experience Centre in Indonesia.
In addition, the APAC 5G Industry Community has published a series of best-in-class 5G case studies spanning industries including manufacturing, logistics and ports and healthcare from AIS, HKT, M1, Singtel, Telkomsel and True.
CONTRIBUTING MEMBERS’ QUOTES
Advanced Info Services Plc (AIS)
Tanapong Ittisakulchai, Chief Enterprise Business Officer, AIS, said, “AIS keeps investing digital technology infrastructure to support Thailand’s digital economy. AIS has collaborated with various industries to enable and accelerate their digital transformations effectively to gain more competitive advantages. Our key objective is to bring 5G benefits to large enterprises, SMEs, and public agencies. As one of the founding members, we believe that the APAC 5G Industry Community by GSMA is the crucial regional partnership to complete 5G ecosystem in APAC and Thailand.”
Axiata Group Berhad
“We’re pleased to be part of the GSMA Asia Pacific 5G Industry Community which enables us to share 5G development progress across sectors and markets,” said Dr. Gopi Kurup, CEO, Axiata Enterprise. “The community is a successful platform for people who are passionate about 5G and want to spread 5G benefits to industries and enterprises. It is a great place to connect with peers and share the knowledge on how to build the next generation mobile ecosystem.”
“Healthcare systems of the future should not and will not remain in isolation. Cross-cooperation and capabilities including interconnectivity, cloud computing, real-time data analytics and integrated networks, will help to bring about unparalleled enhancements to patient care and health delivery. 5G is, in our opinion from the Holomedicine Association, a key enabler of that high-speed network allowing seamless and efficient transfer data that will bring this vision to reality,” commented Dr. Gao Yujia, Deputy Group CTO, National University Health System (NUHS) and Vice Chairman of the Holomedicine Association.
Mr. Sean Xu, Huawei’s Chief Marketing Officer of the Asia region, concluded, “It is time to define what the critical requirements are for 5G applications for different industries. We need to figure out what problems we are trying to solve. To support this, the APAC 5G Industry Community provides important industry feedback and communicates directly with solution providers, which is perfectly matched with Huawei’s 5G partner strategies. This supports further innovative use cases to accompany the mature 5G use cases we already support in Asia.”
Over the next 12 months, the GSMA will look to expand the APAC 5G Industry Community through more partnerships, workshops and case studies from its members. New Industry Community and Alliance Summit events are also under consideration for 2023, with additional benefits for community members including:
- A regular newsletter with the latest 5G industry developments and insights.
- Access to Industry Interest Group activities.
- Inclusion in 5G industry reports and case studies.
- Opportunities to speak and showcase in GSMA 5G activities. i.e., webinars, conferences, and a new 5G tour.
- A bespoke networking service where businesses are matched with innovators, social impact enterprises, and mobile operators.
- Access to the first official 5G devices and application ecosystem list, enabling members to identify and introduce themselves to new partners.
Visit https://www.gsma.com/asia-pacific/whats-new/ap5gic-1yr/ for further insights and commentary from the APAC 5G Industry Community’s contributing members.
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