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5G connections to grow to 3.2 billion in Asia-Pacific in 2025?

About 12.4% of telecom carrier respondents in Asia-Pacific consider IIoT among the top reasons for 5G deployment

5G connections in the Asia-Pacific region, in terms of mobile subscribers and IoT (Internet of Things) connections will grow from 574 million in 2021 to 3.2 billion in 2025, growing at a five-year compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 87.9%, according to a new report.

The Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) is one of the important reasons for telecom services providers rolling out 5G services in the Asia-Pacific region.

About 12.4% of telecom carrier respondents in Asia-Pacific consider IIoT among the top reasons for 5G deployment, according to the report from the International Data Corporation (IDC).

Most telecom carrier companies saw vital industries, including manufacturing, Smart Cities with smart mobility, and smart buildings, as the most critical use cases for the introduction of 5G, the study commented.

“The shift to a greener, lower carbon future will be made possible through digitisation and connectivity,” said Piyush Singh, Senior Market Analyst, Telecommunications and IoT, Asia Pacific at IDC, while interacting with the IANS.

One of the concepts in ‘Industry 4.0’ is efficiency equals energy saving.

“Anything and everything organisations do to save energy ultimately increase efficiency,” the official added further.

Manufacturing facilities all throughout the Asia-Pacific region have implemented private/dedicated networks for controlling various pieces of equipment on-premises.

“Unstable wireless communication and latency are the barriers for the adoption of digital transformation in any firm which can be solved with the help of 5G. IoT devices require very dependable communication, which may also be provided via private 5G network easily,” said the report.

As the Asia-Pacific region experiences exponential growth in 5G connections, driven by the potential of IIoT and the need for enhanced connectivity, organisations are poised to benefit from improved efficiency, increased sustainability, and greater opportunities for digital transformation, the study mentioned further.

As per a Mobile Economy Asia-Pacific 2022 report by the GSM Association (GSMA), 5G adoption will grow across Asia-Pacific, with more than 400 million 5G connections, equivalent to just over 14% of total mobile connections, by 2025.

Amid the progress of 5G adoption across the region, monetising 5G remained top of mind for the operators, according to the report.

Consumers in the region are warming to 5G, and are increasingly adding content and services such as live sports to their 5G plans, found a separate GSMA consumer survey.

The report also stated that immersive experiences, which take advantage of the low-latency and high-bandwidth capabilities of 5G networks, were also gaining traction among consumers. Entertainment experiences such as concerts, and gaming labs, which customers pay a premium for in the physical world, would provide avenues for operators to demonstrate the value of 5G in the coming days.

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