Huawei strengthens Thailand with digital technology
Bangkok, August 10, 2021 – Huawei continues to strongly support the promotion of Thailand’s digital transformation through the expansion of its business with its first Digital Power business in Thailand, continued investments in 5G, cloud and the development of local digital talents.
Huawei will strengthen its commitment to give the country, a key strategic market, the means to become the digital hub of ASEAN and the leader of carbon neutrality, in order to fulfill the mission of “Grow in Thailand, Contribute to Thailand”.
At the “HUAWEI – Meet the Press” virtual press event, Mr. Jay Chen, vice president of Huawei Asia-Pacific spoke about global technology trends in the era of the “new normal”: “The last two years have been difficult for all of us. But in our fight against the pandemic, all countries are starting to see an increasing dependence on digital technologies. According to the latest Global Connectivity Index, countries better positioned with ICTs will experience less social and economic impact from the pandemic and achieve faster recovery. Take Thailand, for example, the pandemic has shown that its previous significant investments in ICT infrastructure and digital technologies play a critical role in restoring resilience during the crisis. “
He reiterated Huawei’s commitment to supporting the digital transformation of Asia-Pacific countries, and further pointed out that in the region, Thailand has gradually become the digital hub of ASEAN in several ways. First, at the national level, Thailand has developed the Digital Economy and Society Development Plan, aimed at developing the growth of the digital economy and realizing the visionary Thailand 4.0. Second, based on the Speedtest Global Index 2020, Thailand ranked first among 176 countries in fixed broadband internet speed. Today it has become the forerunner in the construction of 5G infrastructure. Third, Thailand is one of the leading ASEAN countries to integrate 5G technologies in agriculture, healthcare, manufacturing, and building a digital ecosystem. Additionally, Thailand has made rapid strides in cultivating digital talent. In this process, Huawei has contributed through programs such as the Huawei ASEAN Academy. Over the next five years, the Huawei ASEAN Academy aims to train more than 300,000 local talents in total, with nearly a third of contributions coming from Thailand.
Mr. Abel Deng, CEO of Huawei Technologies (Thailand) Co., Ltd. revealed the support for the Thai market stating that “Huawei Technologies (Thailand) has a long-term mission of contributing to social value for Thailand and the company is committed to continuing to contribute to the country, as well as supporting Thai people and businesses. The contributions cover three areas, namely Huawei’s support to fight COVID-19, the culture of the digital talent ecosystem, and the support of the SME and startup ecosystem.
Since the start of the COVID-19 epidemic in Thailand, Huawei has been working closely with hospitals and partners in Thailand to introduce AI-assisted services to Ramathibodi and Siriraj hospitals, which has helped speed up diagnostic results. COVID-19, up to 25 seconds per case. In addition, working with the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) to initiate the use of unmanned vehicles at Siriraj Hospital to provide a contactless delivery solution for medical supplies. After the third pandemic wave in May 2021, Huawei delivered 5G telemedicine, intelligent management of the InPatient area and eLTE broadband link, worth more than THB 6 million, to the field hospital in Bang Khun Thien. The company also worked with the Digital Council of Thailand (DCT) to deliver a cloud solution to the Thammasat field hospital.
As Huawei believes that the key to digital development is a highly skilled talent base, we have proactively enabled Thailand 4.0 through the cultivation of digital talent. Since 2019, we have invested around THB 180 million to launch the Huawei ASEAN Academy to strengthen the digital talent development of Thailand. In 2 years, we have trained around 16,500 people through this program. To support SMEs and startups, we collaborate with key players in the sector, such as the New Economy Academy of the Ministry of Commerce, the Agency for the Promotion of the Digital Economy (DEPA), the National Agency for innovation (NIA), customers and local partners to provide new technologies, global knowledge and training programs of Huawei ASEAN Academy (Thailand). The collaboration aimed to increase understanding of technology and help them adapt new technologies to their business plan.
“Thailand is a strategic market for Huawei. In order to enable Thailand to become ASEAN’s digital hub and achieve the country’s goal of leading ASEAN in carbon neutrality, we will continuously invest in four areas: 5G, data centers and the cloud, digital power and talent development. ” he added.
Mr. Deng also said that as a leading technology and global digital energy practice, Huawei technology has been used in more than 170 countries and regions. Since becoming a separate business unit within Huawei, the digital energy industry has grown rapidly, but steadily, with prominent production and market share. In the field of prefabricated modular data centers, smart PV plants and site electrical installations, Huawei has gained a leading position in the industry with the largest global market share. For the mPower business, Huawei was the first company in the world to innovate in a new technology called X-in-1 ePowertrain, to increase the energy efficiency of electric vehicles. In addition, for modular power supply, Huawei has supplied more than 300 million high efficiency modular power supply units to the world. In 2020, Huawei’s revenue from the digital energy sector around the world reached $ 5.5 billion and served one-third of the world’s population.
This year, Huawei established its Digital Power business in Thailand. There are now over 1,000 corporate customers in the Thai market, 35 out of 50 have chosen Huawei as their digital power partner. The company now continuously serves more than 50 local partners with services, integration and solutions. With this establishment, we are creating more than 1,000 local indirect employment opportunities in the country. With a highly efficient local team and partners, Huawei expects the adoption of leading-edge technologies and global practices to help Thailand become the carbon neutral leader in ASEAN.
“In terms of 5G, with the great support and motivation of Thai operators, we have found that Thailand is the leader in terms of 5G network deployment progress compared to other countries in the region. However, by the end of this year, most countries will catch up. This is why the country must have the fastest 5G adoption rate, as 5G will help create new economic value, including new employment opportunities, as well as increase the GDP share of the digital economy. Huawei continues to support Thailand with continued investments in 5G innovation and the local ecosystem.
Huawei Thailand invested THB 475 million for the 5G EIC to help develop and innovate 5G use cases for various industries, create new business models and improve the skills of startups and SMEs . The company is also working with partners to host the first 5G summit in Thailand this year to support the country’s 5G industry and ecosystem. The event will help accelerate digital transformation with 5G across many verticals. With the support of DEPA, we will work with ecosystem partners in a leading industrial sector to initiate a 5G alliance to create a healthy ecosystem of 5G industry applications and innovation in Thailand.
It is important to note that Huawei will continue to strengthen the ecosystem to build a leading 5G city with high-level 5G network infrastructure to strengthen 5G applications and innovation that will bring new business services and value. . It will also push Thailand to become an ASEAN 5G country, also aligning itself with Thailand’s role as host of the APEC 2022 summit, to be held in Bangkok, Pattaya and Chiang Mai. Mr. Deng added.
“For the cloud, Huawei has given priority to our cloud development, we are confident about our investment of 700 million THB for the third local data center in Thailand this year. And that makes HUAWEI CLOUD the first and currently the only global cloud service provider with three data centers in Thailand, also creating over 200 direct employment opportunities with 200 local partners. Thailand has great potential to become a preferred destination for international companies looking to establish their data centers in this region, ”said Mr. Deng.
Huawei’s firm belief is that the key to digital development is an improved talent base. The company has proactively enabled Thailand 4.0 through digital talent cultivation and will continue to address workforce gaps and enrich digital talent in Thailand. This is why the company has implemented human capital development programs through the Huawei ASEAN Academy (Thailand), with the aim of training a total of 100,000 digital talents within five years.
“In a positive way, technology will play a crucial role in connecting everyone and providing new opportunities. As a leading ICT partner for digital transformation, as well as a continuous contributor of social value in Thailand for over 22 years, we will continuously advance digital transformation in Thailand and bring digital technology to every person, household and organization for a, intelligent Thailand so that the country can quickly recover. With the mission of “Grow in Thailand, Contribute to Thailand”, Huawei will strengthen its commitment to help the country become the digital hub of ASEAN and a carbon neutral leader. Mr. Abel added.