Huawei Technologies wins special PM’s award for its contribution to Thailand
Huawei Technologies (Thailand) was recently granted the prime minister’s award in the “Digital International Corporation of the Year” category for its contribution to Thai society since it arrived 21 years ago. It is the only private firm to win this award.
Abel Deng, CEO of Huawei Technologies (Thailand), accepted the award from Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha. Also present at the ceremony was Nuttapon Nimmanphatcharin, president/CEO of Digital Economy Promotion Agency (Depa).
While handing out the awards, Prayut commended the younger generation for applying digital technology creatively and leveraging innovation to create new businesses.
He added that the government places importance on 5G and artificial intelligence (AI) to help push Thailand forward, and hoped that university students will be inspired to use digital technology to create new business opportunities for the country.
“The PM’s Digital Awards recognise organisations whose products and solutions help drive digital technology and innovation development. The criteria for this distinction include excellence in development of digital technology that supports enterprises, services and society; application of digital technology that drives the economy, society, culture and security for Thais; an investment that creates jobs in Thailand; social and environmental development that support the local and international economy. Huawei received the highest scores,” Nuttapon said.
“Recently, Thailand’s first 5G Ecosystem Innovation Centre [5G EIC] was launched at Depa’s office, thanks to a collaboration between the Digital Economy and Society Ministry, Depa and Huawei. Our partnership with Huawei and our ability to leverage on 5G technology gives us an edge in enhancing our business competitiveness,” he added.
“At Huawei, we value long-term partnerships. We are committed to collaborating with customers and partners to help keep Thailand at the forefront of the digital age. With the mission of 'Grow in Thailand, Contribute to Thailand’, Huawei reinforces its commitment to helping the country move forward to Thailand 4.0 and become a digital hub in the Asia Pacific region,” Deng said after receiving the award.
The success factors for Huawei’s success are:
For digital economy:
• Open Lab Bangkok: One-stop support to provide solutions for IoT, Big Data, and cloud computing, a verification platform, and ICT training services for customers and ICT industry entrepreneurs in Thailand and Southeast Asia
• 5G EEC Testbed: Established the first 5G Test Bed in Kasetsart University’s, Sri Racha campus.
• Thailand 5G Ecosystem Innovation Centre: Jointly established by Depa and Digital Economy and Society Ministry, the centre serves as a sandbox for SMEs, start-ups, developers, educational institutions to develop the digital innovations for 5G applications and services, incubate local digital talents and upgrade digital skills.
For social advancement
• AI solutions for state hospitals: AI-powered software was provided to Ramathibodi and Siriraj hospitals to help diagnose Covid-19 faster and boost efficiency in using 5G technology.
• Huawei Telemedicine Video Conference Solution for Public Health Ministry: Real-time teleconferencing system to help medical staff work without the risk of infection, like doctors conducting remote online consultations, and patients diagnosed, treated and monitored through their own smart devices.
• Unmanned 5G vehicles: Contactless delivery of medical goods within the hospital to reduce infection risks of frontline workers.
For human capital development:
• Huawei Asean Academy: Partnering with local businesses, technical and engineering schools to “produce 100,000 digital and tech-related workers within five years”.
• 5G courses: Topics such as 5G trends, commercial plans, 5G standards, use cases, business model ideas, etc, to promote multi-dimensional thinking
Huawei has also announced that more projects will be organised later this year to help Thailand strengthen its 5G ecosystem.