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Which Asian countries are leading the 5G race?

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When it comes to rolling out national 5G networks, some countries across Asia are faring better than others, with Singapore among the leaders and Vietnam among the laggards.

This is according to The Economist Intelligence Unit – the research and analysis division of The Economist Group, sister company to The Economist newspaper – which carried out research into 5G development in 16 Asian countries.

Across Asia, the research group found that nine markets have concluded 5G spectrum auctions and carried out commercial 5G launches, while some markets, as of March 2021, had crossed the 50 per cent mark in terms of 5G coverage. 

Perhaps unsurprisingly, among the countries in the Asian region that have launched a 5G network, the researchers found that government financial support was crucial in helping to support network expansion and facilitating trials for industrial applications. 

According to the researchers, regulators in Japan, Taiwan, Australia and South Korea have encouraged companies to improve network speeds, coverage and an increase in use cases for the enterprise sector. 

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