First policy guidelines on satellite industry head initiatives to boost digital economy

Economy May 12, 2018 01:00

By   JIRAPAN BOONNOON
THE NATION

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TECHNOLOGY officials will present to Cabinet next month the first policy guidelines on the country’s satellite industry in an effort boost innovation and spur investment flows in the field.



The government will also review its policies on the use and release of spectrum in the telecommunications industry, with the aim of ensuring the most efficient allocation of the resource.

In another initiative on the technological front, 2,280 digital community centres will be established as one-stop service outlets nationwide.

Vunnaporn Devahastin, secretary general of the National Digital Economy and Society Commission Office (ONDE), said that the satellite policy would cover the areas of geostationary-satellite orbit (GSO) and non-GSO with aim of creating policy criteria for satellite service providers in the country.

If the satellite policy is approved by the Cabinet, it expects that the government will officially announce the new policy in September.

“This is the first time that Thailand will have a satellite policy and this will benefit both the public and private sectors that utilise the satellite network. As such, it will support the public and commercial markets,” Vunnaporn said.

“The satellite business has the potential for high growth in the near future. I think that it is necessary that the country utilises satellite technology and satellite services to support the digital economy ecosystem.

“This would help in the development of areas such as agriculture, tourism, artificial intelligence and the Internet of Things.

“The satellite service providers will also able to create their business direction and strategy to provide new satellite services, such as e-commerce, with low cost operations and the use of robotics, as well as the provision of telemedicine to create smart healthcare services in the country.”

Vunnaporn said the office will work with the National Broadcasting and Telecommunication Commission (NBTC) to “review the reframing and releasing of spectrum projects in the country in order to maximise the benefit of new spectrum for people across in the country in the near future”. 

The project will be started in July. As result, the reframing and releasing of telecommunications and radio spectra will support new technologies such as artificial intelligence and the Internet of Things.

 Regarding the digital community centres, they are intended to improve people’s quality of life in areas such as agriculture, e-commerce, education, healthcare and tourism.

 The office has trained 643 e-commerce trainers so that they will able to provide the e-commerce training course to communities nationwide. 

The ONDE said that with this initiative, more people will be able to participate in the digital economy, including in the more remote areas of the country.

 

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