Internet service for all Thai villages
‘Thailand will become a full-fledged broadband nation by the end of 2019 by providing Internet access to an additional 50 000 villages this year,’ said Pichet Durongkaveroj, minister of digital economy and society, during the Asean Digital Infrastructure seminar.(link)
The seminar was organised by the Asean Business Advisory Council (Asean BAC) – Thailand, in co-operation with the Joint Standing Committee on Commerce, Industry and Banking (JSCCIB) and discussed the biggest hurdle in implementing industry 4.0 in the Asean. ‘For example, there is limited broadband access in the rural areas, especially in countries with a vast population such as Thailand, Indonesia and the Philippines, where Internet connectivity remains relatively poor’, said Arin Jira, chairman of Asean BAC.
Arin stressed the importance of having an adequate digital infrastructure so that business opportunities via e-commerce, international trade, and e-payments can be capitalised on throughout the region.