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5G networks

Thailand, Vietnam and Philippines named as likely 5G laggards

Reports suggest digital divide in Southeast Asia with Singapore leading

Smart Axiata launches 5G technology in Phnom Penh in July.   © Reuters

SINGAPORE -- Thailand, Vietnam and the Philippines will lag behind other Asian countries in the deployment of fifth-generation mobile networks, although Singapore is poised to lead the race, a recent report said.

Management consulting firm A.T. Kearney published a report in late September that projected that 5G penetration will reach at most 40% within almost all of the 10 countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations by 2025. Singapore will outperform its peers, with an expected penetration rate of close to 60% by 2025.

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