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Thailand's “Silicon Beach” development builds 5G smart city network

Ban Chan is connected to a motorway linking the cities of Pattaya and Bangkok, making it well-placed to take advantage of 5G use cases in several areas including industrial robots and telemedicine.

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The network will help Ban Chan implement a range of smart city applications
The network will help Ban Chan implement a range of smart city applications

Ban Chang will be the ‘first’ smart city in Thailand to run on a 5G network based on Open RAN to deliver real-time diagnostics of traffic, public safety, digital signage and sensitive environmental conditions applications.

 

For the 5G pilot, Ban Chang has partnered with state-owned National Telecommunications (NT] in collaboration with 5GCT, network software provider Mavenir and Cisco Systems (Thailand).

 

Important infrastructure

 

According to NT, the 5G implementation across mmWave private network creates synergies between public and private sectors for a fully functional smart city.

 

The new smart city in the eastern province of Rayong is connected to a motorway linking Thailand’s two largest cities: Pattaya and Bangkok. The location is within close proximity to U-Tapao International Airport, Map Ta Phut Industrial Zone that are strategically important infrastructure for the digital economy in Thailand, and the Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC) development plan.

“We are proud to be part of this ambitious 5G project which sees a whole city connected on a series of 5G applications running in parallel”

These characteristics make Ban Chang the perfect city to take advantage of 5G use cases across industrial robots, factory automation, remote telemedicine, aviation, logistics and agriculture. Industry leaders are terming the development the “Silicon Beach” of Asia.

 

“We are delighted to be part of the first 5G smart city in Thailand,” said Taweewat Chantaraseno, managing director, Thailand and Indochina, Cisco Systems (Thailand).

 

“With the partnership with Mavenir and Cisco Connected Communities Infrastructure (CCI), the host of smart city can create a single, secure communications network to support all needs that are simpler to deploy and manage from end-to-end visibility, ranging from smart kiosks and outdoor wi-fi, to smart street lighting, parking, waste and more.

 

City management

 

The Ban Chang smart city 5G private network operates on millimetre wave (mmWave) spectrum which is ideally suited for a network operating Internet of Thing (IoT) sensors, drones and smart poles, all applications which require fast data uplink to the core for real-time analysis and city management.

 

“We are proud to be part of this ambitious 5G project which sees a whole city connected on a series of 5G applications running in parallel,” added Aniruddho Basu, general manager of Mavenir’s emerging business unit.

 

“Connectivity is at the heart of this deployment – connecting people, communities, government services, and private sector services through local government data combined with new data acquired through Internet of Things (IOT), sensors, drones, and external collected data, to fully analyse it for proper city management and citizen knowledge.”

 

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