AIS presents industrial sector 5G technology for national digital transformation
published : 18 Nov 2021 at 12:20
Attractive foreign investment opportunities spurred by major global competitiveness move based on leading-edge digital technology infrastructure
It is estimated that 5G will bring value of US$950-1200 billion to the business world in Thailand by 2025. This would especially benefit industrial and manufacturing sectors that today are starting to seize the potential of digital technology and adopt it to fuel performance in areas such as production lines, product storage and process support. This figure indicates the enormous benefits that 5G could bring in terms of competitive advantage at the business level. It signals the development of a a transformative value-creating dimension that will be a major attraction to investors from around the world as Thailand becomes a digital technology hub.
Digital Infrastructure is now the key to bringing opportunities to Thailand. AIS has ceaselessly increased its investment and development of the potential of 5G networks in parallel with collaborations with partners in both the public and private sectors. Today, AIS is the sole player in the telecommunication industry with the primed potential of 5G to benefit various sectors and propel the country to a new era of growth.
Mr. Hui Weng Cheong, AIS President, stated at 5G for BUSINESS is Now virtual event, “Digital infrastructure is the cornerstone of digital development for the economy and society, where 5G networks are used as a means of empowering industrial work, especially in industrial estates. This is because 5G technology will step up the manufacturing sector involving machines, solutions and various work processes of the production line, bringing superior efficiency. In 2022, the 5G platform will be ready and its prototypes can be scaled up. Businesses that are early adopters of 5G will gain competitive advantages ahead of others.”
Mr. Hui Weng Cheong emphasised that, “In 2022, 5G technology will continue to grow and the benefits of such adoption will enhance business operations, improve efficiencies, lower costs, and result in new business models. Businesses will gain more benefits from 5G embedded products through the implementation of automation, robotics, IoT and AI. The 5G paradigm will have an enormous impact on manufacturing industries among others. Meanwhile, failing to meet market expectations as technology goes unapplied in various business groups of retail and transportation, for example, would have serious consequences in terms of lost competitiveness.”
“AIS has for three years operated in the belief that the time for 5G technology to transform digital infrastructure has come. We have started continuous collaborations with various government and private sectors, including Digital Economy Promotion Agency, Industrial Estate Authority of Thailand, Thai Automation and Robotics Association (TARA), and Thai IoT Association (TIoT). Sharing the same goal to develop and initiate a digital business, AIS and partners are ready and willing to push Thailand forward as a technology hub with high service readiness for every manufacturing sector.”
Asst. Prof. Dr. Nuttapon Nimmanphatcharin, Director of the Digital Economy Promotion Agency (depa), said, “People are adopting 5G technology to support their livelihoods in a range of areas, including education, agriculture, business, health services, security, preparation for energy and environment. So, depa is seeking and delivering an answer to both software and hardware needs through communication in the virtual world with both humans and robots, one of which is the push to build Thailand Digital Valley on the Eastern Economic Corridors or EEC, Sriracha, Chonburi.”
Asst. Prof. Dr. Nattaphon added that, “In the Thailand Digital Valley, TDV2 building or Digital Knowledge Exchange Center houses 5G Innovation Center, a digital space developed by AIS available for all digital technophiles to test and learn more about AIS 5G, leading to further positive developments in digital business and new business areas going forward.”
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Veeris Ammarapala, Governor of the Industrial Estate Authority of Thailand (IEAT), addressing industrial estate development, stated that, “There is currently a project to upgrade the Industrial Reform Center with more automation. We are pleased to work with AIS in developing and fixing pain points to increase competitiveness of factory operators. 5G technology is an important factor that elevates industrial estates and improves the efficiency of the IEAT's services and estates, including industrial production. 5G will definitely increase Thai industrial competitiveness to international level.”
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Chit Laowatana, Special Advisor, Eastern Economic Corridor Office of Thailand (EECO) assured, “Industry 4.0 based on 5G infrastructure has made a great leap in development, including IoT, Big Data and Cloud. This leads to Smart Manufacturing, resulting in cost savings in business operations and more productive work in several sectors.”
Dr. Prapin Abhinorasaeth, President of the Thai Automation and Robotics Association (TARA), explained how the Autonomous Mobile Robots (AMRs) system works in Industry 4.0. “Data achieved from operational technology such as machinery, automation systems, robots, and distributed control units, is sent to the Internet of Things and then to the Information Technology group, including Virtual PLCs, to Monitoring Control Execution (Q- IIoT). After that, the data is stored in Business Process Automation & AI (Q-ERP) and linked to the Global Cloud. In a trial at Yawata factory, this 5G automation solution by AIS and Lertvilai has generated speeds up to 926.73 Mbps downloading and 98.98. Mbps uploading in 2.6 Ghz band with less than 10msec latency in the live network.”
Mr. Niti Mekmok, President of the Thai IoT Association (TIoT), spoke on the future of adapting to a digital organisation. “In the current era, businesses need to make a digital transformation. In order to survive and adapt to the world, the key tools of 5G and IoT are required to be exercised for business owners to obtain their business updates in real time. 5G will help transfer data online at ultimate speeds. Both technologies will play a vital role in the industrial and social development of Thailand going forward.”
Mr. Hui Weng Cheong concluded that, “AIS is prepared and well-positioned to bring digital technology to support the business transformation of our customers. We have a strong digital ecosystem of partners with expertise across a wide range of industries. So we can support and accelerate the digital transformation in different sectors’ operations using the great potential of 5G to meet their needs. We have both Business and Industry Solutions that cover all major sectors. As such, it is laying the foundation for promoting the country’s economy to achieve its goals during the recovery phase of the Covid-19 crisis."
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Details of services that AIS 5G Business launched at the seminar 5G for BUSINESS is Now
- Smart Manufacturing Solutions for efficiency and resilience in manufacturing. 5G Private Network provides a private network service for the specific operations of each business and network slicing can be implemented. Collaborations have been made with various partners, including Mitsubishi, Omron, TKK, and most recently, Schneider, the leader in intelligent manufacturing solutions. Today, Thailand’s industrial sector, especially the production department, has exercised automation systems to manage in-line automation, robotics and guided vehicles by the adoption of 5G Cloud Computing, 5G Smart Factory, 5G Internet of Things and 5G Artificial Intelligence.”
- 5G IoT solutions with TCS AIS provides IoT solutions that help serve the needs of enhancing productivity, workplace surveillance and employee safety, energy and environment management including effective cost control in all dimensions of production.
- 5G Security Platform with Palo Alto Network and Cisco, AIS offers AIS Managed Secure Access Service Edge (SASE), AIS SD-WAN and other cybersecurity services, including AIS CSOC, which is a centralised control system on Cloud to detect and prevent cyberattacks. It is fully compatible with security solutions from these leading partners.
- MEC (Multi-access Edge Computing) is a service that brings out the potential of computing and data management closer to the user or device. This reduces the amount of data traffic between the device and the cloud and also minimises latency in response to various incidents in a timely manner. AIS is ready to deliver services with many global partners, including Huawei, HPE, Microsoft and ZTE, which are now available in two models, Shared MEC and Dedicated MEC, to upgrade the capacity of Data Privacy.
- 5G Private Network is a private 5G network service for the specific implementation of business and can perform Network Slicing, a distinctive capability of 5G, enabling the creation of a virtual private network to the spectrum level. A private connection within the organisation can be made even on a wireless network. It also supports multiple use cases in the same location. 5G Private Network services are provided in 3 forms:
1. Virtual private network
A private network extended across different networks and various devices. This service is available in all areas with 5G network coverage nationwide. Network slicing can be generated to support various use cases in the same location.
2. Zoning virtual private network
A service for a specific zone, such as EEC, to allow resilient data transmission and low latency due to the vicinity of transmission.
3. Dedicated private network
An offer to install the network equipment particular to a certain organisation. It is characterised by high privacy, organisational agility, and quick access to the system and information.