Thailand Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha recently formed a 26-member National 5G Committee to coordinate the development of 5G in their country. Tasked with mitigating obstacles regarding the recall of unused spectrum, it is also expected to enhance cooperation between related agencies for 5G development support.
According to Thailand NBTC secretary-general Takorn Tantasith, the committee aims to promote vertical 5G development to ensure 5G adoption benefits the economy and end users. It will promote a clear roadmap for 5G adoption and infrastructure development to ensure the participation of representatives from key ministries.
Deputy prime ministers Somkid Jatusripitak, Prawit Wongsuwon and Wissanu Krea-ngam serve as the comittee’s deputy chairmen. Also part of the committee are the minister of finance, minister of tourism and the minister of education. The permanent secretary for the Digital Economy and Society Ministry serves as the director and secretary of the committee.
Moreover, Thailand’s top mobile operators are racing to deploy 5G networks at hospitals to support doctors and medical personnel to fight the virus.
The Digital Economy and Society Ministry, together with Huawei Technologies Thailand, are providing AI-assisted solutions with 5G technology to hospitals in the country with the aim of enabling output diagnosis results more efficiently through a high-speed network.
In Thailand and other developing countries, the development of 5G technologies will be crucial in the fight against the pandemic, also serving as “backbone” for the economic recovery. It is increasingly accepted in the industry that ICT and digital economy will be a major push as work resumes post pandemic.