By THE NATION
Applications and new services that come with the 5G network will also help revive a Thai tourism and hospitality sector hit hard by the Covid-19 pandemic, said the company.
“Thailand has a lot of potential to implement 5G technology,” said Abel Deng, CEO of Huawei Technologies (Thailand), at a seminar titled “5G Ecosystem and the Future of Thailand”.
5G technology will be the key driving force for the Thai economy’s recovery, and drive new economic and societal growth for the country in every aspect, Deng added.
“The 5G ecosystem will not just serve the individual but the whole digital society, playing an important role to increase productivity, reduce expenditure, and improve the quality of products and services.”
Huawei Thailand’s mission was to grow with the country, backing Thailand in its utilisation of the 5G network to support businesses, said Deng. He added that the country was already advanced in implementation of the technology after being an early adopter of 5G in the Asean region.
The 5G ecosystem will consist of the four key factors, said Woragarn Likhitdechasakdi, deputy chief technology officer of carrier network, Huawei Technologies (Thailand).
• Business Mode Innovation: 5G adoption will not be limited to smartphones, as the 5G ecosystem can generate new kinds of services with more diversity. Apart from the business-to-consumer service, 5G will be also adopted in the business-to-business field.
• Local Ecosystem Integration: To build the most effective network that suits every industry, the ecosystem will need partners from all areas of various industries – including network operators, large and small entrepreneurs in vertical intra-industry, hardware and software vendors like Huawei, and local solution providers and integrators.
• Real Use Cases: This year, 5G will become more concrete and affordable, moving beyond proof-of-concept testing or successful case presentation, with networks and solutions available for real usage and adoption across various fields.
• Global Best Practices: Huawei is using its considerable experience and achievements in other markets globally to adapt solutions for the Thai market.
Deng added that the combination of 5G connectivity with Artificial Intelligence (AI) will create infinite possibilities.
“In the future, every industry will integrate Cloud, AI and Big Data with 5G technology, and ‘smart’ tech will be integrated into every aspect of business procedures, creating Smart Manufacturing, Smart Healthcare, and even Smart Cities. These will improve business capabilities, help generate more profits, and pioneer new business opportunities.”
Woragarn said that new user-based experiences that come with 5G may include Virtual Reality (VR), Augmented Reality (AR), Cloud Gaming through the full-scale internet network, through live-streaming with 4K resolution, or through VR/AR, etc.
For the business sector, 5G technology can provide better solutions for various industries including agriculture, covering three areas:
1. Increase productivity.
2. Reduce defection rate.
3. Reduce manufacturing and operation costs.
In addition, 5G would also help improve “digital society” in Thailand, creating a new standard for the healthcare industry, supporting online education, and reducing digital inequality to help facilitate nationwide access to digital resources.
These enablers will improve Thailand’s basic infrastructure and elevate the country’s digital-economy potential in the agricultural, industrial, e-commerce, and tourism sectors, which are key drivers for Thailand’s economic recovery from Covid-19 challenges. Many nations are also currently undergoing digital technology integration to drive their economies.
“The tourism and hospitality industry, as one of the most essential sectors in Thailand, can be amplified through the utilisation of 5G, especially during this challenging period. The two main ways of using 5G in the industry are for tourism promotion and building trust,” Woragarn added.
Using 5G to promote tourism
5G can be used to create environmentally-friendly tours to experience smart agriculture. This will bring three benefits to farmers: better quality of agricultural products, more visitors to their smart farms, and more income from sale of agricultural products.
5G technology can also boost domestic tourism through the development of new multimedia that provides more immersive experiences. This can be created by partnering with famous YouTubers, content creators, and related agencies to create VR/AR content in order to promote tourist destinations, hotels and restaurants. This will help promote “Unseen Thailand” and distinctive travelling experiences for tourists, reinforcing the “new normal” lifestyle and boosting domestic tourism.
Using 5G to build trust
Thailand has implemented 5G technology to cope with Covid-19 over recent months, helping to regain confidence in the tourism industry.
The technology includes remote medical services through Telemedicine, with AI speeding up diagnosis. The advanced analysis solutions are adding to the efficiency of medical personnel in the region and enhancing the healthcare industry in Thailand. This is also helping to reinforce the reliability of the country’s medical tourism.
“The 5G innovations will enable the creation of “smart airports” that will boost tourist trust and help Thailand to rapidly restore its status as a regional and global destination,” Woragarn concluded.
Huawei said it is working closely with telecoms operators in Thailand to deliver a quality 5G network with strong coverage, with the aim of driving ICT investment and development in Thailand.