USTDA Supports Next Generation Wi-Fi for Improved Healthcare in Thailand

April 2024

The US Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) recently signed a grant agreement with Ramathibodi Hospital, Mahidol University for a feasibility study and pilot project to support Thailand’s progress toward adopting next-generation Wi-Fi technologies. Ramathibodi Hospital selected the US-based non-profit industry group Wi-Fi Alliance to conduct the study.

Technologies like virtual and augmented reality are sophisticated and powerful tools, but they are deeply dependent on fast, secure connectivity that can process high volumes of data with minimal delay. Next-generation Wi-Fi technologies offer a solution. The USTDA-funded study will include proof-of-concept for the deployment of Wi-Fi 6E technology at Ramathibodi Hospital, one of Thailand’s leading public teaching hospitals. The initial pilot phase will demonstrate how the technology, which enables faster speeds and lower delay by opening the 6 GHz spectrum band, could improve medical education and service delivery in areas such as virtual and augmented reality for anatomy training. The second phase of the pilot will test the performance of Wi-Fi 6E in a dense technical environment. Successful deployment could serve as a model for nationwide adoption of next-generation Wi-Fi connectivity.

USTDA’s support for this project advances the Partnership for Global Infrastructure and Investment, which aims to develop, expand, and deploy secure digital infrastructure to power economic growth and facilitate open digital societies, and the Indo-Pacific Economic Framework for Prosperity.

(Source: US Embassy and Consulate in Thailand)

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