Total Access Communication hosted the “Unlocking 5G spectrum towards sustainable Thailand 4.0” seminar to discuss Thailand’s digital transition in all sectors and reiterate the importance of a clear roadmap and IoT as keys to the country’s future and competitiveness.
Experts from GSMA, ITU, Huawei and Ericsson joined the roundtable to highlight challenges and opportunities in the digital era, with collaboration required from all parties, and said the spectrum roadmap plays a key role in driving towards a new generation of the Thai economy.
“Thailand is dealing with the emergence of 5G technology that is completely reshaping the standard of high-speed Internet, while enabling the Internet of Things (IoT), which integrates high-speed Internet connectivity with various equipment and devices, to utilise innovations to improve the quality of lives,” said Lars Norling, CEO of DTAC.
“DTAC has continuously supported Thailand’s drive towards the Digital Economy through collaboration with various parties, including the government, law and policy makers, and public and social sectors.”
The government aims to create the digital economy to promote the nation and people’s interests, drive economic growth and increase the country’s competitiveness in the region.
DTAC has played a part in creating a feasible roadmap to make Thailand become a full digital society by 2020.
“In the 5G era, we will see the development of new innovations, such as 5G-enabled robots performing highly accurate surgery and providing diagnoses of patients in the blink of an eye and self-driving cars that continuously keep you updated on traffic and whether there are parking spaces available.
“In the fishing industry, 5G will provide the long-awaited solution to boosting profitability in the sector.
“This will be thanks to advanced sensors and image analysis that will monitor each individual fish and separate any fish that are infected with lice at any early stage.
“Socially beneficial services that have previously not been possible will become a key part of both organisations and individuals’ digital lives,” he said.
“As a digital service provider, DTAC has launched a IoT pilot project to help create smart farmers in Thailand, which is one of DTAC’s major goals.
“The agricultural IoT solution is developed to measure and control temperature, soil and air moisture, lighting conditions, and other key factors involved in farming.
“The measuring devices are connected to an application that collects, displays and analyses data and results, which enables farmers to have precision agriculture.
“Two pilot tests have been conducted with successful results at Tae Khob Fah Farm for tomato and cherry farming, and CoCo Melon Farm for melon farming in Suphan Buri.
“This IoT pilot is part of the joint efforts to create a digital society and launch commercial 5G services in the future.”