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Smart Cities in Asia-Pacific: Regional Status & Key Case Studies

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  • 24 Pages
  • February 2019
  • Region: Asia Pacific
  • GlobalData
  • ID: 4761006
Smart Cities in Asia-Pacific: Regional Status & Key Case Studies


The wave of smart city projects in Asia-Pacific continues to roll on as large nations in the region continue their urbanization. Asia-Pacific's smart cities focus on the areas of digital government services, environmental impact, and improvement of ICT infrastructure and adoption.

Growing urban demographics and rapid cities' expansion are driving governments to deploy smart city solutions to sustain public services, drive economic competitiveness and enable a thriving environment in Asia-Pacific. Smart city initiatives in the region are driving increased collaboration between government and private industry while helping bridge the digital divide.

The region's first smart city projects began in wealthier and densely-populated nations like South Korea, Singapore, and Japan. Now, as millions in markets like China, India, and Indonesia continue to move to urban centers, smart city projects have become a priority for governments across the region.

Each smart city project in the Asia-Pacific region entails different challenges. Countries in developed Asia-Pacific are more sensitive to the potentials of digital government and the impact they can have on resources management. While in developing Asia-Pacific smart city projects, while digital government services remain a focus, using technology to bridge the digital divide and provide economic opportunity are paramount.

"Smart Cities in Asia-Pacific: Regional Status & Key Case Studies", a new Telecom Insider Report, provides an executive-level overview of the smart city market in Asia-Pacific (APAC). It delivers deep qualitative insights into the smart city market, smart city value chain, and ecosystem dynamics in the region. It also analyzes key trends and smart city projects being implemented in APAC.

Key Highlights
  • Asia-Pacific is a heterogeneous smart cities market with projects at different stages of development across the region.

  • Governments are using smart city initiatives as a means to increase collaboration between different parts of government as well as between private industry and government.

  • Telcos are heavily engaged in providing connectivity solutions through investments in fixed and mobile networks.

  • Telecom operators are using data collection and analytics platforms as a way to move up the value chain from simple connectivity in Asia-Pacific's smart city projects.


The report provides an in-depth analysis of the following -
  • Smart cities taxonomy & market context: an overview of the smart city context in APAC and analysis of the smart city value-chain and role of telcos.

  • The situation of smart cities in APAC: an overview on the main smart city opportunities and challenges and how these are driving and impacting smart city investments. This section also analyzes telcos' role within smart city projects in APAC.

  • Smart city case studies: this section details the business model and strategies of two smart city projects in APAC. It also details telcos' involvement in these projects.

  • Key findings and recommendations: the insider concludes with a number of key findings and a set of recommendations for smart city stakeholders, including telecom service providers.

Reasons to buy
  • This Insider Report provides a comprehensive examination of the value chain and business models of smart city projects in Asia-Pacific. It helps executives fully understand smart city market dynamics, determine key smart city positioning strategies, formulate effective product development plans and optimize return on investments.

  • Two case studies illustrate the findings of the report, providing insights around two smart city projects in the region, including scope, services, budgets and timelines. The case studies also give an overview of the type of smart city solutions, use cases and value propositions telcos have rolled out. This will help telecom executives craft adapted smart city strategies to unlock new revenue streams.

  • The report discusses concrete opportunities in the smart cities market, providing a number of actionable recommendations for smart city market participants, including telecom service providers.

Table of Contents

List of ExhibitsExecutive Summary
Section 1: Taxonomy & Market Context
Defining a Smart City
Elements of a Smart City
Smart City Value Chain
Section 2: Smart City Situation in Asia-Pacific
Overview of Smart City Status in Asia-Pacific
Challenges and Opportunities
Smart City Projects in Asia-Pacific
Section 3: Smart City Case Studies
Singapore Smart City
The Role of Telcos in Singapore Smart City Project
Hangzhou Smart City
The Role of Telcos in Hangzhou Smart City Project
Section 4: Key Findings & Recommendations
List of Figures
Exhibit 1: Smart City Definition
Exhibit 2: The Four Elements of Smart City Projects
Exhibit 3: Smart City Technological Value Chain
Exhibit 4: ITU Classification of Smart City Projects in Asia-Pacific
Exhibit 5: Key Smart City Challenges and Opportunities in Asia-Pacific
Exhibit 6: Smart City Projects and Investments in Asia-Pacific
Exhibit 7: Singapore Smart Nation Snapshot, 2018
Exhibit 8: Singapore Smart City Ecosystem
Exhibit 9: Hangzhou Snapshot, China, 2018
Exhibit 10: Hangzhou Smart City Ecosystem

Companies Mentioned (Partial List)

A selection of companies mentioned in this report includes, but is not limited to:

  • Accenture

  • AIS

  • Alibaba

  • CAT

  • China Mobile

  • China Unicom

  • Cisco

  • Dasan

  • EESL

  • EY

  • Foxconn

  • GovTech

  • Innodep

  • KPMG

  • M1

  • MTNL

  • Nanyang Technical University

  • NEC

  • Netlink Trust

  • Nucleus Connect

  • Singtel

  • SK Telecom

  • Starhub

  • Urban Redevelopment Authority