Ericsson demos 5g in Thailand

Ericsson's Digital Thailand report
Neal Romanek
January 27th 2017 at 11:32AM : By Neal Romanek

In a celebration of 111 years in Thailand, Ericsson held a special event in which its 5g tech achieved a peak throughput of 5.7Gbps and latency as low as 3ms

Ericsson has performed what it says is the first live 5G end-to-end demonstration in Thailand using its 5G test bed and 5G ready core.

At a three-day event marking Ericsson’s 111 years in Thailand, the 5G live demonstration highlighted the new technology, achieving a peak throughput of 5.7Gbps and latency as low as 3ms. Ericsson supports the Thai government in its vision of a Digital Thailand. It's hoped that the multi-Gbps speeds delivered by the technology in the Ericsson 5G test bed can support mobile broadband and video demand on smartphones and other mobile devices, as well as provide a viable alternative to residential fibre connections.

5G has also been highlighted as a key technology in the development of the Internet of Things (IoT) and consumer applications like augmented reality, VR, autonomous/AI-controlled cars; as well as industry applications like smart vehicles and transport infrastructure, remote healthcare and robotics.

Takorn Tantasith, Thailand's Secretary General of the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC), said “We expect to have broadband connectivity everywhere in Thailand, both big cities and over 75,000 villages nationwide by 2018. Along with the fixed internet deployment, we plan to release more spectrum bandwidth of 380 MHz by 2020, which will add to the existing 420 MHz already allocated to the telecommunications industry. This will handle the rising demand for online services, IoT and innovative applications as the country transforms into a Digital Thailand.”

Other technology innovations presented in the showcase include advancements in radio network evolution, industrialised cloud, connected industries, and digital business solutions.

Download Ericsson's "Digital Thailand" report here.