Ericsson has performed the first live 5G end-to-end demonstration in Thailand using its 5G test bed and 5G ready core, bringing the country one step closer to realizing the Digital Thailand vision.
At a three-day showcase event marking Ericsson’s 111 years in Thailand, the 5G live demonstration highlighted some of the capabilities offered by the new technology, achieving a peak throughput of 5.7Gbps and latency as low as 3ms.¹
This milestone is part of Ericsson’s ongoing commitment in Thailand to constantly introduce the latest technology and insights to Thai consumers and enterprise customers, supporting the Thai government’s vision of a Digital Thailand.
Takorn Tantasith, Secretary General of the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC), Thailand, says: “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.”
The multi-Gbps speeds delivered by the technology in the Ericsson 5G test bed can support not only growing mobile broadband and video demand on smartphones and other mobile devices, but also provide a viable and cost effective alternative to residential fiber connections.
As 5G offers greater throughput and lower latency, it will bring more use cases to the Internet of Things (IoT), allowing new applications for consumers like Augmented Reality, Virtual Reality, autonomous/AI-controlled cars; and industry applications like smart vehicles and transport infrastructure, remote healthcare, robotics and many more.
Nadine Allen, Head of Ericsson Thailand, says: “According to Ericsson’s Digital Thailand report, Thai consumers are ahead of, or on par with, global peers when it comes to embracing ICT and they are ready for the Internet of Things. The 5G innovation demonstrated today is just one part of the whole technology experience.”