July 14, 2020
DIGITAL

Thailand, Huawei Explore 5G for Economic Recovery after Covid-19

Huawei, Thailand, partnership, ICT, telecom

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By EDD K. USMAN

(SDN) — AS various countries map out uses of 5G, Thailand and China’s Huawei Technologies are exploring it for an after Covid-19 economic recovery.

Earlier, it was already announced that Thailand and Huawei have partnered for the tech giant’s artificial intelligence (AI)-enabled Covid-19 AI CT Scanner Analyzer for use on persons with symptoms of the novel coronavirus.

Related story: Huawei Intensifies Tech Use for Healthcare, Partners with Thailand

This comes as the member of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) accelerates the development of 5G aimed at catalyzing its economic recovery after the Covid-19 global pandemic.

In fact, Thai Prime Minister and Defense Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha met on June 12, a Friday, with Huawei Thailand during which they exchanged views on how to leverage the much-touted still-emerging 5G network and digital innovations to push economic recovery after the pandemic that continued to sweep the world.

Another objective of Thailand, one of the founding members of ASEAN, is “to strengthen … leading position as a digital hub in the region.”

Huawei Philippines relayed the meeting to SDN — Science & Digital News.

The Thai leader welcomed the Chinese telecom equipment and smartphone manufacturer’s presence in his country.

“We appreciate Huawei’s commitment to Thailand in the further cooperation on communications and telecommunications, especially the building of 5G network, which the Thai government has emphasized, and we are ready to develop our country’s capability to become the region’s digital technology leader,” said the Prime Minister.

Thailand, Prime Minister Chan-o-cha, CEO Abel Deng, Huawei, 5G, Covid-19
Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha (right) and Huawei Thailand CEO Abel Deng during their meeting about 5G network. (Source: Huawei Philippines)

Since Thailand officially released its 5G spectrum in February this year, 5G construction has progressed rapidly and put Thailand at the forefront as ASEAN technology leader and one of the most advanced in the world.

5G promoted the development of Thailand’s ICT industry and digital economy, and would help the country recover and develop after the epidemic. It brings advantages and initiatives to Thailand’s construction and economic recovery after the epidemic.

More and more countries agree that the 5G-driven ICT industry and digital economy will become the engines that drive economic recovery, bringing economic recovery and new growth.

During the epidemic, Thailand has a large number of demands for work-from-home, suspension of classes, and migration of people’s daily life to the Internet. However, Thailand’s network is stable and user experience is improved. In addition, Thailand has developed many applications such as 5G+AI technology anti-epidemic and 5G+VC online worship. 5G and ICT technologies can help many industries resume production in new ways, such as contact-less and cashless transactions.

In May, Thailand officially announced its National 5G Committee, with Prime Minister Prayut as the chairman, to coordinate the 5G development and boost the digital economy in the country. The committee will promote a clear roadmap for 5G adoption and infrastructure development by ensuring the participation of representatives from key ministries, according to Thailand National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission.

On the other hand, Huawei Thailand CEO Abel Deng expressed confidence on Thailand’s capability to rise as the ASEAN regional digital hub.

“As the Covid-19 pandemic passed, we’re confident that Thailand has the capability to be the regional digital hub. We are willing to support and collaborate with the Thai government to revive Thailand’s economy and society,” said Deng.

“It is also our commitment in capturing the full capacities of ICT innovations including 5G ecosystem, AI, Big Data, and Cloud Service in order to improve the quality of life, as well as to enhance the capabilities of both public and private sectors. The collaboration will help us accelerate the growth of economy and overcome any challenges ahead of us.”

Related story: The April Jolt: Huawei Beats Samsung, Becomes No. 1

As this developed, Huawei, founded by Ren Zhengfei, an engineer and former officer of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA), still rules the world as the largest telecom equipment manufacturer, beating one of the prides of Europe, Ericsson.

Counterpoint Research’s report for smartphones shipments for the month of April 2020 has found Huawei surpassing perennial world No. 1 Samsung as the biggest manufacturer.

This occurred — which surprised many in the consumer world — despite United States President Donald Trump’s ban on the Chinese tech company through the American Entity List. (SDN)

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