The development of 5G is already in advance stages and smaller nations are beginning to collaborate with OEMs on 5G. Chinese manufacturers still remain the best bet for small nations because their equipment is cheaper. Recent reports show that AIS, Thailand’s largest mobile operator, signed an MoU with Nokia, Huawei, and ZTE to jointly conduct research to prepare for the 5G test.
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In a statement, AIS, which has a 45% share in the Thai market, said it will work with suppliers to develop 5G. The carrier believes in realistic cases that meet the needs of different users. However, there is no official date for its test schedule. AIS Chief Technology Officer, Kriengsak Wanichnatee, said the company is looking to upgrade its network to enhance its services. This will also strengthen the country’s digital industry goals.
As early as April this year, Huawei launched a 5G test platform in Chonburi, Thailand. Chonburi is at the heart of the $45 billion economic project by the Thai military government, the Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC). Nokia, Ericsson and Thai telecom operators have set up 5G laboratories here. Now, Nokia, Huawei, and ZTE will work with AIS to see through the development of 5G in Thailand.