AIS partners with ZTE to build Thailand’s first high-level 5G network
Under the agreement, ZTE will be AIS’ global strategic partner to upgrade key technologies such as 5G to improve network quality and deliver excellent user experiences to AIS customers, while developing innovations to put Thailand at the forefront of the digital economy.
ZTE, with a strong commitment to upgrade the AIS 5G network into an autonomous network capable of precise autonomous network management during big data and AI processing, will also be on the verge of expanding capabilities. 5G of AIS for different industries, backed by ZTE’s specialized innovation expertise already successful globally. This will allow Thai industries to grow massively through the deployment of digital transformation.
In addition, AIS and ZTE will launch Thailand first “AZ Center” (5G Innovation Center) as a hub for research collaborations and joint 5G innovations, both for infrastructure and solutions, to drive growth in sectors such as 5G applications in vertical sectors of industry. The center is expected to be completed by the third quarter of this year.
“We are a digital life service provider focused on unlocking digital technologies such as 5G, vital infrastructure to improve the country’s capabilities in the digital economy,” said Somchai Lertsutiwong, CEO of AIS. “This gives us the potential for our investments to deliver a wide variety of smart experiences and services to AIS customers, the Thai public and a range of industry sectors.”
“We have always believed that 5G will become a key variable in the near future to affect the transformation, from consumer behavior to social contexts, and the growth of Thailand digital economy.” added Somchai Lertsutiwong.
“ZTE, as one of the world’s leading 5G companies, believes that 5G is the driving force behind the development of vertical markets and the digital transformation of industries,” said Mr. Xu Ziyang, CEO of ZTE Corporation. “We will continue to innovate 5G technical solutions and applications, and work with AIS to jointly explore the huge potential of 5G networks in the era of the digital economy.”
AIS is currently the only provider to persist in expanding its 5G network to cover all 77 provinces of Thailand, reaching 78% of the population. Aiming to increase the number to 85% within this year, AIS has continued to work with world-class partners like ZTE to jointly develop innovations.
In March 2022, AIS, Qualcomm and ZTE announced the world’s first 5G NR-DC (New Radio Dual Connectivity) showcase in the field with 2.6 GHz and 26 GHz, reaching a maximum downlink speed of 8.5 Gbps and a speed maximum uplink speed of 2.17 Gbps with a single mobile device. As part of the joint effort, this collaboration combines two major 5G frequency bands, Sub-6 and 5G mmWave, to enhance the capabilities of Thailand 5G network and expand the 5G application landscape.
Also in May 2021, AIS, ZTE and Suranaree University of Technology collaborated to test the 5G Smart Factory. This helps staff gain expertise in AI, Cloud, IoT, VR, and AR. Then, the skills can be applied to develop solutions for the manufacturing sector, more particularly in the northeast of Thailand.
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