5G Trends from Local Lens

4:28:10 PM | 14/5/2019

From the recently concluded 5G Conference and Expo in Hanoi to Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona and the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas earlier this year, 5G has dominated discussions at this year’s international tech events.
 
During these industry gatherings, several conversation threads have emerged whose relevance to Vietnam is just as strong as anywhere else in the world. As Vietnam prepares to roll-out 5G, these are some of the concepts that which may shape the technology in Vietnam as it joins the race towards commercialization.
 
5G as an enabler of other disruptive technologies

Rather than just a stand-alone technology, 5G is now viewed as part of a slew of technological innovations—that includes the Internet of Things (IoT) and Artificial Intelligence (AI)—which will change how the world works. Together, the three are seen as forming a trinity that will usher in the era of intelligent connectivity.

Specifically, digital information collected from connected devices in the IoT will be analyzed by AI and delivered to users in a relevant and useful way. 5G will play a central role as the backbone on which this system will run.
 
Through this synergy, 5G is expected to usher in the Invention Age—a period of accelerated innovation that will transform industries, create jobs, and enrich people’s lives.
 
For Vietnam, these innovations can also hold the key to unlocking Industry 4.0, one of the government’s priorities and which is expected to grow the country’s GDP by up to 16% by 2030. Further, they will enable the country to participate in the 5G economy, which is expected to produce up to $12 trillion worth of goods and services globally by 2035.
 
5G goes beyond the mobile industry

Beyond the changes it will bring to the mobile industry, 5G conversations have expanded to include its potential applications in other enterprises. For Vietnam, there are several sectors which 5G can impact significantly.

One of these is smart cities. With Vietnam’s urbanization rate expected to reach 40% by 2020, there is a need to ensure that our cities remain safe and livable. 5G can play a big part in this. For instance, smart transportation goes beyond the promise of autonomous vehicles, encompassing traffic management solutions that can manage and improve congestion—a perennial challenge in large metropolises like Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City. Smart energy applications, meanwhile, can help cities monitor and manage energy in real-time. This can help urban areas optimize consumption, reduce emissions, and even lower electricity costs.
 
Manufacturing, which has become one of the country’s growth drivers by growing 12.98% last year and a key component of Industry 4.0, also stands to benefit from 5G. The technology can enable the local sector strengthen Vietnam’s position as a lower-cost manufacturing hub by making factories smarter, improving efficiency, and enhancing production capabilities.
 
Agriculture is also in line for a transformation under 5G. While an important economic contributor which accounts for 20% of the GDP, the sector faces challenges including climate change and a projected decrease in the number of people going into the sector. Through 5G, Vietnam will be able to employ precision farming which uses data analytics, remote sensors, and drones, among other technologies. With this, farmers will need to use less resources while growing more and better crops to help the country achieve food security.
 
5G needs to be accessible 

For 5G to make a significant impact, widespread access to the technology will be imperative. In Vietnam, stakeholders are working together to not only bring 5G to the market but ensure that it will be made available to the larger population.

Leading the 5G ecosystem in the country is the Vietnamese government. With its recent awarding of the first of several expected 5G trial licenses, the government has made serious strides towards its goal of making Vietnam one of the first countries to adopt the technology. Its hosting of the ASEAN Conference on 5G, where it emphasized the need to align and harmonize plans with the rest of the region, further underlines its seriousness in becoming a 5G global leader.

The local private sector, on the hand, has been working to support the government’s vision. Vietnamese mobile network operators have announced their intention to conduct 5G trials this year, with an eye on a 2020 commercial roll-out.
 
Most encouragingly, local original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) have also expressed strong interest in integrating 5G solutions. Through their smartphones and other mobile devices, local OEMs will play a pivotal role in providing 5G access to more Vietnamese from different market segments.
 
As Vietnam pursues its 5G goals, collaboration will be key in ensuring that local deployment will reflect how the technology is developing, and that it will benefit industries and the general population alike. It is a value that is shared by Qualcomm.
 
Our long-standing relationships with local stakeholders, including the government, mobile network operators, and device manufacturers, encompasses sharing our expertise and knowledge with them. With this, 5G implementation in Vietnam can benefit from global innovations and perspectives while responding to local needs and context.
 
Given that 5G is an evolving technology, this collaborative approach will be essential for Vietnam to maintain the headways it has made in the establishing 5G leadership.

Nam Thieu

Qualcomm General Director for Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos