The initiative was first proposed by Thai Deputy Prime Minister Song Qi during the keynote speech of the 2018 Huawei Asia Pacific Innovation Day. Mr. Song Qi said: “I have appointed Takorn Tantasith, Secretary-General of the Thai National Broadcasting and Communications Commission, to prepare for the full adoption of the 5G communications system.”
Song Qi said that Thailand should have greater leaps and strive to adopt 5G technology within two years. Instead of adopting a step-by-step approach to developing a wireless system, this gradual approach is too slow. NBTC needs to discuss with private companies to prepare for the 5G infrastructure. Song Qi said that he has communicated with many private companies and these private companies deeply agree with the development of 5G technology. He pointed out that the International Telecommunication Union plans to introduce 5G technology development standards by the end of this year or early next year. Thailand's digital technology has made great progress in the past three years, and the Thai government is also investing in the broadband Internet infrastructure throughout the country.
Song Qi said that the Thai government has invested in the Internet of Things, big data and artificial intelligence, which will greatly promote the development of Thai economy and provide great support for the development of entrepreneurship. At present, the trade value of e-commerce has reached 80 billion U.S. dollars (2.55 trillion baht). People are increasingly expecting e-commerce to make a huge leap once advanced digital infrastructure is in place. He said that digital development will promote economic growth because digital technology has reduced the income gap and promoted rural development. He mentioned that China has successfully used network digital technology to improve the standard of living in rural areas. He said Thailand is using this technology to upgrade education and public health.
"Thailand will not miss the 5G train because the technology will play an important role in improving the domestic economy, achieving Thailand 4.0 and improving the quality of life," said NBTC Secretary-General Takoon Tantas. NBTC is working hardDevelopmentThe necessary telecommunications infrastructure to fully adopt 5G technology by 2020. NBTC cooperates with local telecommunications operators and global suppliers and strives to create 5G awareness in enterprises and the public through public forums.
Mr. Takoen said that NBTC set up a working group last year to oversee the transition to 5G. This working group is one of the main points of contact between NBTC and telecom operators. "The forum next month will work with global vendors such as Ericsson and Huawei," said Tacoen.
“We don't want to see Thailand entering the 5G ecosystem too late, which is why we need to facilitate all relevant infrastructure including spectrum allocation,” said Mr. Takoon.
Mr. Tuckern said: "I firmly believe that every mobile operator should have at least 200 MHz of bandwidth for uploading and downloading to ensure that it has sufficient capabilities to provide 5G services, especially to support the Internet of Things (IoT)." NBTC plans By 2020, a total of 380 MHz downlink and uplink will be allocated through 4 spectrums. Increasing mobile broadband capacity will be the country's first 5G use case, followed by evolutionary Internet of Things use cases.
Michael MacDonald, chief technology officer of Huawei Southeast Asia Office, said that 4G can support today's total mobile data consumption. However, he said that if Thailand wants to change manufacturing through the Internet of Things, it will need a new 5G band. Once 5G is in place, enterprises will have to invest huge sums to serve consumers in order to maintain their competitive position. (Internship Compilation: Feng Xuelin Reviewer: Li Zongze)