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5G Adoption – Emerging Countries to Implement 5G Quicker

By Sudipta Choudhury - September 24, 2020 3 Mins Read

The emerging countries will have faster 5G subscriber adoption than usual – with a CAGR of nearly 26% between the period of 2020 to 2030.

Many developed countries have always been ahead of emerging markets while implementing the latest generation of mobile networks. Well, there are a few exceptions. In a recent study by ABI Research, it was found that the emerging countries will have faster 5G subscriber adoption than normal.

The CAGR of 5G subscriptions in the emerging markets is estimated to be nearly 26% in the decade of 2020 – 2030. This is an impressive rate – considering the worldwide CAGR of 5G subscriptions is 28% for the forecasted period, only marginally higher, contrary to expectations.

As mentioned by Miguel Castaneda, Industry Analyst at ABI Research, in the company blog post – “The pace of the 5G rollout in emerging markets will be expedited by a combination of regulatory enablement, enabling technologies, such as edge computing and OpenRAN (ORAN), and the broader use cases that 5G brings forward.”

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Factors driving 5G adoption in emerging countries

In the emerging countries. the underlying obstacles in nationwide 5G deployment are primarily based on the capital intensive 5G infrastructure. The declining economic condition of the telecommunications sector of the emerging markets is another crucial reason.

These elements are compounded if the extra logistical and financial factors for rural populations in many countries are considered. This is valid for nations like Vietnam, Thailand, etc. Network operators in such countries are required to exhaust other options – to help improve the financial burden for the 5G rollout.

The emerging countries are actively paying heed to factors that subsidize the developing impetus of the 5G rollouts. Evolving consumer demographics, affordable 5G devices, and the proliferation of smartphone users have encouraged a rapid increase in the data consumption of the emerging countries.

As per the study, there has been a surge in data consumption rate and device affordability. Besides, the potential of broader use cases prompt operators and regulators to adopt practical strategies to establish their 5G networks. For instance, India and Vietnam are building their respective 5G ecosystem via software vendors and local telecommunication.

With the pandemic impacting the economic activities and social fabric of countries, emerging markets are persistently reminded of the significance of the connected world. 5G will, thus, address the problem of supply chain resiliency, providing new business models in enterprises.

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Clearly, regulators play a critical role as they initiate enabling policies and advantages to improve the business case of 5G rollout. These faster technology deployments can aid as excellent complementary equipment as the primary national initiatives. These include the various global projects like India’s Smart City Mission, Thailand 4.0 Smart City Initiative, the Vision of Indonesia 2045, and more.

Finally here is a field where emerging economies are fast catching up with developed ones.


Sudipta Choudhury

Marketing professional with experience in B2B and MR industry. Skilled in Marketing, Strategy Making, Copywriting and Content Creation, Sales, and SEO with excellent Communication Efficiency. Holding a dual master's degree focused on Marketing from IBS, Pune and ICFAI University.

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