A 26-member National 5G Committee has been formed with Thailand Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha as chairman to coordinate the 5G development and boost the digital economy in Thailand.
The committeeÂ is additionallyÂ tasked with mitigating obstacles regarding the recall of unused spectrum, from state agencies for the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC), in exchange for compensation.Â it’sÂ expectedÂ to boostÂ cooperation between related agencies for 5G development support.
Thailand’s Deputy prime ministers Somkid Jatusripitak, Prawit Wongsuwon and Wissanu Krea-ngam work as the deputy chairmen of the committee. The minister of finance, minister of tourismÂ and therefore theÂ minister of educationÂ areÂ a part ofÂ the committee.
The permanent secretary for the Digital Economy and Society MinistryÂ isÂ the director and secretary of the committee.
This committeeÂ is createdÂ to marketÂ vertical 5G development, ensuring optimum benefits of 5G adoption for the economy and end users.Â it’llÂ promoteÂ a transparentÂ roadmap for 5G adoption and infrastructure development by ensuring the participation of representatives from key ministries, said Thailand NBTC secretary-general Takorn Tantasith.
The COVID-19 pandemic has prompted Thailand’s major telecom operators to rev up deployment of 5G technologies. The country’s top mobile operators are racing to deploy 5G networks at hospitals to support doctors and medical personnel to fight the virus.
âApplication of 5G to public health demonstrates how digital infrastructure can have a significant impact on people’s health during a major emergency,â said Buddhipongse Punnakanta, Thailand Digital Economy and Society Minister.
The Digital Economy and Society Ministry,Â along withÂ Huawei Technologies Thailand, are providing AI-assisted solutions with 5G technology to hospitalsÂ within theÂ country with the aim of enabling output diagnosis results more efficiently through a high-speed network.
Industrial organizationsÂ likeÂ GSMAÂ acknowledgedÂ that 5G technologies are crucialÂ within theÂ fight against the pandemicÂ and canÂ be a âbackboneâ for the economic recovery.Â it’sÂ increasingly acceptedÂ within theÂ industry that ICT and digital economyÂ areÂ a significantÂ push as work resumes post pandemic.