26th Nov 2019
Two of Thailand’s largest international airports will be equipped with a fifth-generation (5G) wireless broadband to upgrade its service to passengers.
The National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) has signed a deal with the Airports of Thailand (AoT) on Thursday, November 27, for the installation of 5G connections at Suvarnabhumi Airport and Don Muang International Airport in Bangkok.
A public auction for the 5G spectrum license will be made on February 16, 2020. Bidders shall submit documents about their related import equipment for the NBTC.
Takorn Tantasith, secretary-general of NBTC, said that the declared winner for the spectrum will be pushed to focus first on installing 5G connections in Suvarnabhumi and Don Muang rather than the Eastern Economic Corridor which is “yet-to-be-ready” for 5G services.
Several uses of such frequency are face-recognition, smart security, smart logistics, smart hospital, as well as transport.
“The two international airports will serve as national gateways for 5G tech adoption in Thailand, which will provide ultra-fast wireless broadband service to visitors once they arrive," Tantasith said.
Airports aside, mobile operators could also deploy 5G technology at four major universities collaborating with the NBTC using the 2600MHz range.
NBTC said that the four universities are now running the 5G testbed using the 26GHz range.
NBTC also plans to auction off in February 5G network ranges 700MHz, 1800MHz, 2600MHz and 26-28GHz.
NBTC will gather comments on the spectrum auction plan from November 13 to December 12 through the NBTC website, along with a public hearing on December 3.