Ericsson and Intel will focus on the joint development of enterprise use cases in select verticals such as manufacturing, transport and logistics
Ericsson and Intel announced a collaboration with the aim of developing 5G use cases to accelerate the digitalization of enterprises across Thailand, Ericsson said in a release.
Under the terms of the deal, Intel and Ericsson will collaborate on their respective technology expertise to show how Thai operators can accelerate 5G adoption and expand their business-to-business (B2B) engagements based on 5G use cases.
The two companies will focus on the joint development of enterprise use cases in select verticals such as manufacturing, transport and logistics.
“As a long term and trusted strategic partner to Thailand, Ericsson will continue to work closely with key stakeholders to support the development of a diverse 5G ecosystem in Thailand to accelerate innovation. We will leverage our global 5G experience and collaborations with Intel to the benefit of communication service providers in Thailand, with resilient network performance, scalability, simplicity and security as a primary focus,” said Igor Maurell, head of Ericsson Thailand.
Thomas Sennhauser, CTO for communications business at Intel’s Asia-Pacific Japan region, said: “Through this collaboration, we will help enable Thailand’s 5G infrastructure with innovative edge services – powered by Ericsson and Intel technologies, to help local enterprises transform and accelerate their businesses through digital solutions.”
Sennhauser said the duo aims to support Thai operators to meet their energy-efficiency and broader sustainability goals with the 5G use cases.
In April, Intel and Ericsson had announced plans to collaborate to boost 5G adoption in Malaysian enterprises.
The collaboration focuses on a number of verticals including manufacturing, transport and logistics.
Ericsson had been selected in July 2021 to build Digital Nasional Berhad (DNB)’s national 5G network. Digital Nasional Berhad is a special-purpose vehicle set up by the previous government of Malaysia with the goal of deploying and managing Malaysia’s 5G network.
Last year, former Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin had unveiled an initiative for a state-owned vehicle to own all 5G spectrum, with various carriers using the network infrastructure to provide 5G services across Malaysia via wholesale or MVNO arrangements.
However, Malaysia’s 5G roll-out by Digital Nasional Berhad (DNB) had raised concerns over pricing and transparency, as well as worries that a single state-run 5G network would result in a nationalized monopoly.
Due to these concerns, the new prime minister, Anwar Ibrahim, had previously announced that it was reviewing the rollout of the national 5G network due to the lack of transparency, which led to a recent announcement that the government will allow the deployment of a second 5G network from 2024.
Malaysia’s Communications and Digital Minister Fahmi Fadzil recently said that DNB will continue to roll out 5G network infrastructure in the country until 80% coverage is achieved by the end of this year. The Malaysian government also confirmed that DNB will be taken over by a private entity once it achieves its 5G population coverage target.