NBTC, Huawei Ink Infrastructure Deal
NBTC, Huawei Ink Infrastructure Deal
‘Giga Thailand’ roll-out part of ambitious plan to become Asean hub
(From left) Sutisak Tantayotin, Deputy Secretary General of the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC); Trairat Viriyasirikul, Deputy Secretary General and Acting Secretary General, NBTC Office; Simon Lin, President of Huawei Asia Pacific; and Abel Deng, CEO of Huawei Technologies (Thailand) Co.
The office of the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) announced on Monday at the “Giga Thailand: Broadband Forum” a partnership with Huawei Technologies (Thailand) Co to accelerate the expansion of the fiber optic infrastructure in Thailand.
The motto of the event was “Digital Infrastructure Benefits Everyone” with the aim of accelerating the development of a fiber-optic infrastructure in Thailand. The project also aims to foster future collaboration to stimulate economic growth and move closer to the government’s much-touted concept of a “digital Thailand”.
Trairat Viriyasirikul, deputy secretary general for strategic and internal affairs of the NBTC office, said in his speech on Monday that fiber-optic broadband is vital for the development of the Thai digital economy, as well as the adoption of new technologies and innovative applications, and the achievement of the S-curve in all branches of the country. Broadband coverage needs to be accelerated and upgraded to gigabit speeds.
“In addition, the situation of the last two years shows us that broadband internet is very important for our everyday life and will become more and more important. The partnership marks the beginning of our joint efforts to develop Thailand’s broadband infrastructure, which in turn will bring the country closer to its goal of becoming an ASEAN digital hub and closing the digital divide, ”said Trairat.
Simon Lin, President of Huawei Asia Pacific, said, “Digital infrastructure benefits individuals’ lives. Technologies like broadband, 5G, cloud and AI keep our society together and enable many people to work from home, connect with loved ones and access medical resources. A new chapter for digital infrastructure will open in 2022.
“I believe that with our combined efforts we can create a fully connected and inclusive Giga Thailand,” he said.
Abel Deng, CEO of Huawei Technologies (Thailand) Co, added: “The correlation of an overall technology can be interpreted. The density of our connections multiplied by the sheer amount of computing power available to us will ultimately determine the strength of the digital economy. The convergence of connectivity and computing will transform all industries, be it transportation, finance or energy, and create new value for society. Fiber broadband, like water and electricity, has become a central infrastructure of the digital economy and will be a new engine for social development and economic growth. “
Deng said members of the forum will publish a whitepaper with a set of recommendations to accelerate the rollout of fiber optic infrastructure across Thailand.
Trairat Viriyasirikul, Deputy Secretary General and Acting Secretary General, NBTC Office (left) and Simon Lin, President of Huawei Asia Pacific.
NBTC and Huawei will work together to make three key aspects of the project a success: the introduction of fiber broadband infrastructure to improve the country’s connectivity index; Reducing the digital divide that exists in many communities without access to high-speed broadband in Thailand; and, finally, empowering those responsible for digital transformation to fuel economic growth and provide a higher standard of living for the country as a whole, the CEO said.
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