Asia Pacific operators to invest $400 bn

Asia Pacific mobile operators are to invest over $400 billion on their networks between 2020 and 2025, of which $331 billion will be spent on 5G deployments, according to the latest Asia Pacific edition of the GSMA’s Mobile Economy series.

Mobile operators will invest over $400 billion on Capex on their networks between 2020 and 2025, of which nearly two-thirds ($331 billion) will be spent on 5G deployments.

Asia Pacific is home to some of the most advanced 5G markets in the world, with nine markets having launched commercial mobile 5G services – including Japan at the end of March – and 12 more have officially announced plans. 4G remains the dominant technology across the region in countries such as Bangladesh, India, Indonesia and Pakistan.

In 2019, mobile technologies and services in Asia Pacific generated $1.6 trillion of economic value (5.3 percent of GDP), with countries increasingly benefiting from improvements in productivity and efficiency brought about by the increased take-up of mobile services. The mobile ecosystem supported 18 million jobs (directly and indirectly) and made a substantial contribution by raising $180 billion through general taxation.

“Operators in the region are investing billions in continuing deployment of 5G networks that are enabling an exciting variety of new services for consumers. This is also helping transform industry and manufacturing, and driving economic growth – which is of critical importance at this time,” said Julian Gorman, Head of APAC, GSMA.

At the end of 2019, 2.8 billion people in Asia Pacific subscribed to mobile services, accounting for 66 per cent of the population. With nearly 500 million new subscribers added since 2014, the region is one of the fastest-growing in the world and home to over half of total global subscribers.

Asia Pacific will account for around half of new subscribers globally by 2025 and by this time, GSMA forecast 266 million new subscribers to be connected across the region, bringing the total to just over 3 billion (70 per cent of the population).

Over the next six years, 663 million people across Asia Pacific will start using mobile internet for the first time, bringing the total number of mobile internet users in the region to around 2.7 billion by 2025 (61 per cent of the population).

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