Digital innovation park slated for 2018

Digital innovation park slated for 2018

B10bn project aims to promote Thai startups

Thailand's first digital innovation park in Chon Buri province will open by 2018 as the country seeks to become a digital infrastructure hub in Asean.

The 10-billion-baht development project is also aimed at promoting Thai tech startups and attracting global tech companies to invest in data servers and research and development in the country.

Surapan Meknavin, a director of CAT Telecom's board, said the digital innovation park will be an environment of full advanced digital infrastructure and facilities tailored to the new generation of digital businesses.

CAT yesterday signed a memorandum of understanding with the Industrial Estate Authority of Thailand (IEAT) on construction of the digital innovation park facility in Si Racha district in Chon Buri.

Mr Surapan said CAT will mainly invest in the digital innovation park and provide digital infrastructure such as fibre optics, cloud computing, data centres and internet gateway services.

The IEAT will support the project by providing one-stop information service for investment incentives. The park will have access to the full connectivity of transport and logistics such as a deep-sea port, airports, railways, expressways and CAT's submarine cable landing station.

"We plan to begin a roadshow abroad in mid-2017 to promote our digital innovation park among global tech firms," Mr Surapan said.

IEAT governor Verapong Chaiperm said the digital innovation park has geographic advantage with high investment potential because it located on the Eastern Economic Corridor, an economic development programme to promote development of S-curve industries, comprising industries for the future: robotics, aircraft, digital business, biofuels and biochemicals.

"The S-curve industries can create higher levels of collaboration for the country's economic development," he said.

Pansak Siriruchatapong, assistant to the Information and Communication Technology Minister, said the digital innovation park is considered as a core project to drive Thailand to be a digital infrastructure hub in Asean.

The government wants Thailand to escape the middle-income trap by 2020, he said.

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