Full-Scale Commercial 5G Services in the Eastern Economic Corridor Zone

Thailand has launched full-scale commercial 5G services in the Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC) special development zone, under the first phase of the Action Plan to Promote the Use of 5G Technology.

Government Spokesperson Anucha Burapachaisri stated that a pilot project is being carried out to develop Ban Chang as a 5G Smart City. Ban Chang is located in Rayong province, which is part of the EEC special development zone. The action plan would make Thailand one of the first countries in ASEAN to be on track to adopt 5G technology, earlier than other countries in the region.

The meeting of the EEC Policy Committee, chaired by Prime Minister and Defense Minister Gen. Prayut Chan-o-cha, on 1 March 2021 was briefed on the overview of investment applications in the EEC. For the year 2020, there was a total of 453 investment projects, worth 208 billion baht, accounting for 43 percent of the country’s total investment applications. Foreign investment totaled 115 billion baht, accounting for 55 percent of total investment in EEC. The top three investors are from Japan, China, and the Netherlands.

The meeting acknowledged progress on 5G infrastructure development. For instance, 5G coverage and the common data base have been installed, covering 80 percent of the EEC.

The Prime Minister on 8 March 2021 chaired a meeting of the National 5G Committee, which approved guidance for promoting the use of 5G in Thailand. The meeting also discussed pilot projects to make use of 5G technology in various areas, such as transport, education, agriculture, industry, and public health.

The Prime Minister stressed that 5G technology should be used to link primary and secondary health care, as well as hospitals, in various parts of the country. Moreover, all groups of people should be provided with better understanding about the use of 5G technology, so that they would have access to public health services.

Source: The Government Public Relations Department