At the Huawei Asia-Pacific Innovation Day held in Bangkok, Thailand’s Deputy Prime Minister Somkid announced that Thailand will focus on the development of telecommunication infrastructure and plans to launch 5G networks in 2020.
Somkid said that step-by-step development of wireless networks is too slow for Thailand and Thailand will implement 5G technology within two years. The National Broadcasting and Communications Commission, which is responsible for advancing the application of 5G networks, will discuss with private companies the development plan for 5G facilities.
Thailand’s National Broadcasting and Communications Commission has been working with domestic and international telecommunications companies since 2017 to organize regular 5G forums and create an atmosphere for Thai 5G applications. Committee Secretary-General Tagu said that in the future Thailand will jointly hold forums with international well-known telecom companies such as China’s Huawei and Sweden’s Ericsson.
The National Broadcasting and Communications Commission of Thailand plans to allocate 380 MHz of spectrum in four frequency bands by 2020 to ensure that Thailand’s mobile broadband services have sufficient resources to operate smoothly.
Somkid said that in the past three years, Thailand’s digital technology has made great progress. The government has invested in national broadband networks, submarine cable, Internet of things, artificial intelligence, and big data. The Ministry of Digital Economy and Social Development of Thailand will promote the construction of submarine optical cables connecting Hong Kong with Thailand, making Thailand an Internet portal for Southeast Asia.
According to data from the National Broadcasting and Communications Commission of Thailand, Thailand registered a total of 121 million mobile phone numbers in 2017, and Internet users exceeded 40 million.
Somkid believes that accelerating the construction of digital infrastructure will increase the development of Thai e-commerce by a big step, and at the same time it will also push Thailand's economic growth to exceed 5%. Thailand should learn from China’s successful experience in using digital technology to improve rural living standards, improve domestic education and health care, and narrow the gap between the rich and the poor.
It is reported that in 2017 Thailand’s research spending accounts for 0.78% of GDP, and Thailand will increase this proportion to 1% this year.