The state of 5G global trends and the future of Thailand Digital Transformation

Today, 5G is advancing much faster than anyone would have expected, as network providers are beginning to benefit from the rollout of the first wave of 5G networks. According to statistics shared by Huawei during the Mobile World Congress Shanghai 2021, China’s 5G user base and the number of 5G devices in commercial use have increased dramatically since 2019. By the end of 2020, 5G devices that hit the market had increased 8 times compared to the previous year. The mobile 5G user base had also reached 220 million users and wireless home broadband connections reached 1.05 million households, 17 and 21 times Year-on-Year increase, respectively. In addition, Huawei stated these numbers will triple in 2021.

The next game changer with major impact on the technology industry and business landscape is digital transformation of each industry, 5G being a crucial factor in this digital revolution journey to advance industrial processes to unprecedented levels of efficiency.

How can 5G technology bring significant contribution to each industry with tangible results? An obvious example is the transmission of real-time data for better energy management, using machine learning technology to predict energy demand more effectively, as well as remote operation and maintenance via drones to improve workplace safety, improving connectivity for industrial processes, and endorsing responsible consumption by reducing waste from raw resources and surplus from industrial production.

Huawei predicts that, by 2025, 97% of all large companies will adopt AI technology. 55% of China’s GDP will be driven by digital economy, and 60% of global network carrier revenue will be generated by industrial customers. This scenario thrives on 5G foundation and will be achieved if all industries collaborate to improve the efficiency and build the ecosystem for the fully connected world.

Today, digital transformation also aims to be digitally inclusive, to prevent unequal development. Huawei collaborates with network carriers to develop new innovations and smarter SMEs.

Thailand has already adopted several 5G pilot projects, and recently, at Mobile World Congress Shanghai 2021, Mrs. Vunnaporn Dehastin, Secretary-General of the National Digital Economy and Society Commission, gave a speech on “National Policy Driving Digital Technology and Sustainable Development: Building Digital Hub of ASEAN” to elaborate on Thailand’s policy to advancing the country to become a digital hub in ASEAN.

During the past year, the Thai government collaborated with Huawei on opening a 5G Ecosystem Innovation Center (EIC) in Bangkok, which aims to be the incubation center for 5G applications and services supporting various industries. The center also acts as a sandbox for growing new business opportunities for Thai entrepreneurs.

According to Speedtest Global Index 2020, Thailand has been ranked at the top out of 176 countries in fixed broadband internet speed testing, and also the first country in ASEAN that launched commercial 5G services. In addition, there are many initiatives the government has launched to accelerate digital transformation such as Government Data Center and Cloud service (GDCC) project, Pracharat Internet Project–installing free high-speed internet networks through a total of 24,700 spots, and Digital Community Center Project with 2,277 sites in 77 provinces etc. This means Thailand has already embarked on its digital transformation process and is fully prepared to evolve into the digital world, create substantial new value for businesses and industries through 5G, and fully become the ASEAN digital hub in the near future.

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Source: Carl Byoir & Associates