5G to be core of digital infrastructure investments

5G to be core of digital infrastructure investments

Post-pandemic infrastructure investments will include 5G expansion, telemedicine solutions and big data analytics, according to Turnkey Communication Services (TKC), a provider of telecom and ICT (information and communications technology) solutions and services.

Sayam Tiewtranon, managing director of TKC, said every new tech generation leads to innovative business ecosystems and investments, especially from the 2G mobile network to 3G, 4G and 5G.

Thanks to the auction of 5G spectrum licences in February last year, Thailand is the first mover of the fifth-generation technology in Asean, with mobile operators investing heavily in the network expansion.

Mr Sayam said 5G adoption in the country is still at an early stage.

The ultrafast network has so far been used for telemedicine and smart solutions for education and public safety.

Mr Sayam says that 5G adoption in the country is still at an early stage.

"With the pandemic easing, major mobile operators are now focusing on 5G in-building expansion to capture demand from corporates and the public," he said.

According to a study by the Ministry of Digital Economy and Society, the value of 5G-driven business and services is expected to reach 650 billion baht by 2030.

The Government Data Centre and Cloud Service, which is now fully using its traffic capacity, is expected to see a third-phase development by the end of this year to support a surge in demand for data centre and cloud services.

Mr Sayam said tech infrastructure for telemedicine and education is also needed following higher demand, which has been buoyed by the pandemic.

Usage of these related platforms has surged during the pandemic to help people gain access to medical treatment quickly and efficiently, he said.

Other smart solutions that would be developed along with the 5G network include those linked to big data, logistics and public safety, he noted.

TKC was established in 2002 with a team of engineers who have expertise in telecoms and ICT solutions and services.

The firm serves as a consultant, designer, developer, distributor and manager of ICT solutions, and works to install computer network equipment and data systems and provide maintenance services. With 500 staff, 70% of whom are engineers, TKC provides services for various sectors, including telecom, state agencies, the telecom regulator and global companies.

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