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Joint Construction and Sharing of 5G Telecom Infrastructure in Asia

  • Report

  • 21 Pages
  • November 2019
  • Region: Asia Pacific
  • Market Intelligence & Consulting Institute (MIC)
  • ID: 4876589

5G rollout requires the deployment of a large number of base stations in a high-density pattern, leading to increased construction and operating costs. If telecoms construct their base stations on their own, like what they have done in the 2G/3G/4G era, the development of 5G networks may be encumbered with problems such as high construction costs, site locations, and residents’ resistance. As a result, joint construction and sharing of 5G base stations have become increasingly important. In China, Japan, and Korea, the three countries that have taken the lead in 5G development in Asia, the governments have encouraged the joint construction and sharing of 5G infrastructure. This report outlines joint construction and sharing of 5G infrastructure led by the government, and the commercialization progress of 5G networks shared in these countries.

List of Topics

  • Development of joint construction and sharing of 5G telecommunications infrastructure in Asia, especially in China, Japan, and Korea
  • A look into a 5G infrastructure sharing projects led by the government in these three countries

Table of Contents

1. Sharing of 5G Infrastructure Led by Government
1.1 Korea's Ministry of Science and ICT Urges Top 3 Telecoms to Jointly Build and Share 5G Networks
1.2 Chinese Governments at All Levels Push Hard on Joint Construction and Sharing of Telecommunications Infrastructure
1.3 Japan's Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications Encourages Sharing of Mobile Communications Infrastructure

2.Status of Joint Construction and Sharing of 5G Networks in Asia
2.1 Korea
2.2 China
2.3 Japan
2.4 Summary

3. Author's Perspective

Glossary of Terms
List of Companies

List of Tables

List of Figures
Figure 1 Base Station Infrastructure Required by Korea’s Top 3 Telecoms
Figure 2 Scope of Infrastructure Sharing Defined by Japanese Government
Figure 3 Joint Construction of Infrastructure by Korea’s Top Three Telecoms
Figure 4 China Tower’s Base Station Site Rental Services
Figure 5 5G Base Stations of KDDI, Softbank, and Rakuten Mobile on Tokyo Electric Power Company’s Utility Poles
Figure 6 JTOWER’s Existing Mobile Network Infrastructure Sharing Solutions and Future Outdoor Sharing Solutions
Figure 7 Types of Infrastructure Sharing among Mobile Network Operators
Figure 8 Types of Infrastructure Sharing among Korea, Japanese, and Chinese Mobile Telecoms



Companies Mentioned

A selection of companies mentioned in this report includes:

  • China Mobile
  • China Telecom
  • China Tower
  • China Unicom
  • Hengxin Technology
  • Huawei
  • KDDI
  • KT
  • LG U+
  • NTT Docomo
  • Rakuten Mobile
  • SK Telecom
  • Softbank
  • ZT


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Complementing primary research is a running database and secondary research of industry and market information. Dedicated research into the macro-environmental trends shaping the ICT industry also allows the analyst to forecast future development trends and generate foresight perspectives. With more than 20 years of experience and endeavors in research, the methods and methodologies include:


  • Component supplier interviews
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  • User interviews
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  • Focus groups
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  • Production databases
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