Thailand to Develop Smart Airports Using 5G Technology

July 2020

The National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) and the Department of Airports (DoA) in Thailand have signed a “5G Smart Airport” memorandum of understanding (MOU) for the use of 5G technology at DoA’s regional airports.

The Department of Airports is a Thai government department under the Ministry of Transport. It operates 29 civil airports throughout the country. The implementation at Krabi airport will serve as the pilot project, before further expansion to the other airports overseen by the DoA in Thailand. 5G solutions to be deployed would encompass security and health, and could include robotics, temperature checking systems and UV disinfection systems.

The Thai government also announced a partnership with Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei to execute the Krabi project. The Chinese company will be contributing its 5G infrastructure expertise and free 5G tech support, solutions, and equipment for THB 10 million (USD 322,800). Local telcos, Advanced Info Service (AIS) and True Move Universal Communication (TUC), which won 2600-megahertz spectrum range in February’s 5G auction, will provide 5G signal coverage.

Previously in January 2020, NBTC previously signed an MOU with Airports of Thailand Plc (AOT) for the deployment of 5G technology at AOT’s six international airports in Thailand. The solutions will be Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi International Airport in the first stage.

(Sources: Techwire Asia; Bangkok Post)

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