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Powertec Wireless Talks 5G Digital Transformation in Thailand

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The team from Powertec Wireless Technology has recently visited Thailand to meet with the Minister of Digital Economy and Society, Mr. Chaiwut Thanakamanusorn.

Ran McDonald, Powertec Managing Director met to exchange ideas and knowledge around the development of Thailand’s Smart City-5G-IoT policies. With the company’s core business developing 4G-5G coverage technologies for the Asia-Pacific region, Powertec provided the Ministry with insight into the challenges in achieving 5G coverage inside buildings.

Thailand is one of Powertec’s most important ASEAN* markets due to the country’s future-focused business investment environment, and well-regulated telecommunications industry. The Thai telecommunications market has been supported by several recent government initiatives, most notably the Thailand 4.0 digital transformation strategy.

Lessons from around the world have shown that digital transformation requires high performance and universal connectivity. One of the key enablers of Thailand’s Eastern Economic Corridor initiative was identified by the EECO as 5G cellular technology; essential to providing low-latency, high-speed, and mission-critical connectivity. The ECCO The Eastern Economic Corridor Office of Thailand (EECO) is a vital public agency aiming to encourage investment, uplift innovation, and advanced technology in Thailand for the future generation.

5G is globally recognised as the most effective means of achieving these connectivity objectives both at scale and most importantly at a price point that is affordable. Participation in the digital economy must be within reach of all citizens, no matter their socioeconomic background.

While Thailand has demonstrated itself as an early leader in its 5G rollout, the innate challenges of the digital divide and achieving widespread 5G coverage poses a risk to connecting many Thai citizens.

Powertec proposed to the DEC that modernising regulations around In-Building Repeater usage would help building owners to take charge of solving their own connectivity issues rather than waiting on the network operators to assist them.

In today’s business environment In-Building Repeater technologies are a key enabler of 5G’s use cases. Empowering businesses and building owners to resolve their own 5G coverage challenges would also allow more precise application of capital investment by the network operator.

Powertec looks forward to continuing the relationship with the Ministry of Digital Economy and Society and improving the accessibility of 5G in Thailand.

* ASEAN brings together ten Southeast Asian states – Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam – into one organisation.

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