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Govt, Huawei open 5G Ecosystem Innovation Centre to boost digital transformation

Sep 21. 2020
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By The Nation

The country laid down foundations for its 5G on Monday with the launch of the Thailand 5G Ecosystem Innovation Centre (5G EIC) in Bangkok.

A collaboration between the Digital Economy and Society Ministry, Digital Economy Promotion Agency (Depa) and Huawei, the centre will serve as a sandbox for development of digital innovations for 5G applications and services across various industries in Thailand. These innovations will create new business opportunities for SMEs, start-ups and educational institutions.

The aim is to make Thailand a digital hub of the Asean region.

Located at the Depa, 5G EIC will serve as a testbed for 5G applications in medical care, smart agriculture, remote education, smart security, and other sectors.

It is designed to accelerate the 5G ecosystem and help local SMEs and start-ups embrace technologies such as the cloud, AI, and IoT for digital transformation. The centre will also cultivate Thailand ICT talent and upgrade digital skills to global standards.

During the opening ceremony, Depa also announced the “Thailand 5G Ecosystem Partnership Alliance”.

“Depa’s mission is to drive Thailand towards the digital economy,” said Depa president and CEO Nuttapon Nimmanphatcharin.

“Thailand 5G EIC will bring together an international alliance network to drive Thailand digital innovations in the long run. Collaboration between Depa and leading global companies like Huawei in establishing the 5G EIC will greatly enrich the [5G] ecosystem,” he added.

The Depa chief also thanked Huawei for its “continued contributions towards Thailand’s acceleration in growth of sustainable ecosystems”.

Huawei will incubate over 100 local SMEs and start-ups annually to adopt 5G solutions for different vertical industries in three years, said Abel Deng, CEO of Huawei Thailand.

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