Thailand opens 5G Ecosystem Innovation Centre

Doubles down on social media.

The Ministery for Digital Affairs has opened the Thailand 5G Ecosystem Innovation Centre (5G EIC) to drive the development of technology for the digital economy at the Office of Digital Economy Promotion.

Located at the Digital Economy Promotion Agency (Depa), the 5G EIC Centre, will play a role as a testing ground for applying 5G technology to businesses and services such as 5G medical care (5G Medical Care), agriculture. Intelligent with 5G technology (5G Smart Agriculture), intelligent port system via 5G system (5G Port), distance education via 5G technology (5G Remote Education), intelligent security system with 5G technology (5G Smart Security).

The centre, opened by The Ministry of Digital Affairs by Depa, will help develop digital innovation for  5G  applications and services of various industries in Thailand, creating new opportunities for small and medium enterprises  (SMEs),  start-ups, and act as an educational institution.

The Ministry hopes this will help push Thailand into becoming the digital hub of the ASEAN region, said Buddhipongse Punnakanta, minister for digital economy and society.

“[5G] not only delivers new services and seamless experiences,” he said. “But also transforms every industry towards digital transformation This is one of the most important policies of the Prime Minister and the government.”

In addition, the Minister also discussed the “Action Plan on the Promotion of 5G Technology utilisation”, an important operational framework to bring 5G technology to the maximum benefit of all aspects.

In conjunction with the opening Huawei has launched an investment plan worth 475 million baht to develop a 5G EIC will bring solutions 5G unified, space experiments and applications of technology 5G.

Not only has the Ministry been promoting 5G recent reports indicate Thailand is prosecuting Facebook, Google, and Twitter over a failure to remove what it says are illegal posts.

Officials did not say exactly what they contained but also announced they would act against individual users for insulting the monarchy. Under Thailand’s strict “lese-majeste” laws, doing so can result in a prison sentence.

Minister Punnakanta said a complaint has been filed with the Technology Crime Suppression Division.

the warnings attached with relevant court orders targetted 661 links on Facebook and 225 of the links were removed.

The ministry did the same for 69 links on Twitter and five of them were removed. Meanwhile, 289 links on YouTube were completely blocked on Wednesday.

“It is the first time in Thailand that the (computer crime) law is exercised to prosecute the service providers. Charges will go to the parent company of all the organisations. The police will use Thai laws because the offences happened in Thailand. I believe the police can do it,” he said.






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