By THE NATION
Somkid made the remark during his visit to the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) headquarters on Pahonyothin Road for a briefing on the development of the new technology.
Accompaning Somkid were Minister of Digital Economy and Society Puttipong Punnakanta, and executives of private and state telecom operators.
The NBTC will hold an auction of four spectrum bands on February 16 for the 5G wireless broadband service. As of January 27, five companies had picked up the bid documents.
Somkid said 5G could help drive the country's competitiveness and efficiency in the industrial sector as well as attract foreign investment.
NBTC must ensure the public has easy access to the service, he added.