Nearly three-quarters (71 percent) of mobile network operators (MNOs) in the developed Asia Pacific (APAC) markets have started efforts to support their plans to launch 5G services by 2024.
These markets include Australia, China, Hong Kong, Japan, New Zealand, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan.
As for emerging APAC markets, only 25 percent of them have started planning for 5G. Those markets include Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Pakistan, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Vietnam, and '-stan' countries.
These are part of the findings from a research by Analysys Mason and Ciena, titled 'The Impact of 5G on Wireline Networks in Asia-Pacific'.
Polled MNOs believe that 5G will help lower the Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) as well as provide efficiency and flexibility in harnessing resources, including fibre and radio networks. They also think that the technology could create revenue opportunities.
To reap those benefits, operators "must consider an integrated wireless and wireline strategy, as they prepare their networks for upcoming 5G services," said Stephen Wilson, Principal Analyst, Analysys Mason.
However, only 25 percent of MNOs in emerging markets have a fully integrated wireless/wireline infrastructure to enable 5G.
The research thus recommends other MNOs to use network function virtualisation (NFV), software-defined networks (SDN), and network slicing to converge wireline and wireless networks and tap into both pools of capacity in an on-demand basis, as well as share resources as flexibly as possible.
" Central to [MNOs wireless and wireline] strategy is integrating fiber and radio across their network architecture. [This is] a crucial element for MNOs to stay ahead of the competition, transform their cost base and provide a richer experience for their users," explained Stephen Wilson, Principal Analyst, Analysys Mason.
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