ZTE and AIS have jointly launched Thailand’s first 5G innovation hub.
The 5G A-Z Centre aims to develop 5G tech and enhance digital infrastructure construction to bring enhanced 5G experiences to Thailand and strengthen the country’s 5G competitiveness.
“We are here because 5G is a technology to power the country,” said Somchai Lertsutiwong, CEO of AIS. “As the network service provider with the most frequency spectra and the best network coverage in Thailand, we give top priority to sustainable innovation for the country.”
Currently, AIS has strategically partnered with ZTE in three components. Firstly, they are upgrading Thailand's 5G network, not only in terms of speed, but also intelligence, so as to make the network control itself in real time. At the same time, both parties have jointly developed solutions for business sectors, and enhanced competitive capabilities under Thailand 4.0. In addition, they have delivered a vast range of 5G services to improve people’s quality of life in Thailand.
Xu Ziyang, CEO of ZTE Corporation, said: “The Centre is a seed of hope, and the alphabet ranging from A to Z also represents the end-to-end coverage. We will be dedicated to satisfying the needs of people and industries and creating a 360-degree digital and intelligent world.”
At the Centre, ZTE has deployed a series of next-generation RAN products. The AAU (Active Antenna Unit) for 5G mmWave bandwidth, first jointly developed by ZTE and AIS, can support 1.2GHz and increase data throughput by 50%. The power consumption of the next-gen sub-6GHz TDD massive MIMO has decreased by 25%, on the demand of Thailand to provide excellent user experiences. Moreover, the next-generation FDD 3G/4G/5G multi-mode Massive MIMO will be verified in the Centre and deployed in AIS’ network.
In terms of 5G industrial applications, ZTE and AIS, with the aim of empowering various industries and promoting digital transformation through 5G, have demonstrated several scenarios at the “5G A-Z Centre”, including 5G AGV (Automated Guided Vehicle), 5G machine vision, 5G XR, and 5G Holography. In addition, both parties have launched the new 5G ZTE Blade A72 handset, which is expected to hit the market in October 2022, alongside other smart terminals such as 5G CPE and 5G Pocket Wi-Fi.
The cooperation between AIS and ZTE is a crucial step in achieving the goal of becoming a Cognitive Tech-Co by developing the 5G smart autonomous network. Moving forward, both AIS and ZTE will be committed to delivering better user experiences and bringing opportunities to the industries, thereby boosting the digital economy of Thailand.