Thailand as an early adopter of 5G technology in Asia-Pacific
Thailand has shown increased interest in the adoption of 5G technology much more than many other countries in the Asia-Pacific region. This is coming after the 5G spectrum license auction yesterday. And according to a new report by Erickson, the total revenue forecast for 5G and 5G related businesses could reach about $7.3 billion by the end of 2030, going by the current statistics. Out of that revenue, 45% (or about $3.3 billion) would represent the shared revenue of the operators.
According to Wuttichai Wutti-udomlert, who is Ericsson’s head of operations in Thailand, spectrum sources are vital infrastructure in Thailand. He further said that the Thailand Government need to ensure a clear roadmap for spectrum usage, which would usher in the development of 5G technology and other related investments in the country. He further stated that when the enabling environment for 5G is provided, the network will provide operational efficiencies for different businesses in the country.
He said it’s important to have a sufficient flow of high and middle bands, especially the 3500MHz range, which is very common among operators all over the world. Wuttichai revealed that for the subsequent 5G auction in the country, the government could target the band.
Thailand focuses on enhanced mobile broadband
Mr. Wuttichai also pointed out that the government wants to concentrate on enhanced mobile broadband for the next phase of 5G roll-out in the country. It would provide both fixed and wireless access services to boost connection reliability and data bandwidth.
Thailand is likely going to capitalize on 5G frequencies to use 5G-enabled smartphones. But 5G will also be used on other non-data services as well.
SK Telecom offers 3500MHz band 5G service in South Korea. It provides enhanced service via 5G smartphones while offering rich content in different areas, including virtual reality, ultra-high-definition, as well as gaming. It has equally started on new business use cases for 5G technology.
Similarly, the Thailand market is expecting to witness the same trend for top-level promotional packages for 5G technology and its services. According to Mr. Wuttichai, operators are looking to encourage customers to migrate to the new premium packages they are providing.
The first 5G technology roll-out will involve non-standard-alone deployments which will concentrate on the enhancement of mobile technology broadband for reliable connectivity and high data broadband.
The device and network standard of the 5G stand-alone (SA) network is still under review, although there are high expectations for the system to be endorsed by the end of the year. The major career and proponent for the launch is 3GPP, which is a standards organization responsible for developing protocols for mobile telephony.
SA network has a lot of benefits, which include improved and simplified efficiency. The benefits would lead to lower costs through enhancements.
With the current speedy level of 5G development in Thailand, the major operators in the country could begin the deployment of the 5G technology core next year, according to Wuttichai.
Thailand already raised $3.2 billion on its 5G auctions
Already, Thailand has raised about $3.2 billion for the auction of 5G technology in the country. Thailand’s telecom operator gave about 48 licenses to companies ahead of the complete rollout of the technology this year.
However, Advanced Info Service, which is Thailand’s top mobile operator, collected the highest licenses as it grabbed 23 licenses across all spectrum of the expected 5G coverage. This successful auction shows the level of seriousness the Thailand government has in the launch and development of 5G technology in the country.