State-owned National Telecommunications Public Company Limited (NT) and the Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC), a special economic zone of three provinces in eastern Thailand, have officially joined forces to launch the country’s first 5G pilot in Ban Chang, Rayong. A 5G Core technology from Mavenir Systems, the industry’s only end-to-end, native cloud network software provider, was selected to focus on acceleration on software network transformations and redefines networking for communication service providers.
Moving forward, EECO and NT plan to work with other business operators via an infrastructure-sharing concept, which will reduce investment duplication between the public and private sectors and capitalize on government assets.
With this step, Ban Chang will be the first of Thailand’s progressive Smart City within the EEC, and in fact, the first in Thailand. Ban Chang is an appointed destination to become the first Smart City in Thailand due to its proximity to three international airports (Don Mueang, Suvarnabhumi, U-Tapao) and the potential of being a high-value economic zone within the ASEAN area.
(Sources: Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC) Office; Tech in Asia)