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dtac Ready to Boost Network for COVID-19 Field Hospitals

Critical areas can be equipped with additional cell sites in only 24 hours to support the authorities’ containment efforts Two field hospitals in Bangkok and Chiang Mai have already received mobile cell sites and 700 MHz sites to deliver high-speed internet to healthcare workers and patients.   April 12, 2021 – dtac has set up a rapid response team to enable the deployment of high-speed internet within 24 hours. The team is focused on field hospitals in support of governmental authorities and public health agencies’ containment of COVID-19. Using its high-coverage 700 MHz spectrum, dtac can deploy an array of primary and secondary mobile network expansions alongside mobile cell sites to rapidly deliver high-speed internet in critical areas. dtac is closely monitoring containment plans from the Ministry of Interior’s Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA), the Ministry of Public Health, and provincial authorities. Based on this, dtac has sent engineers to survey network requirements and assess suitable support solutions for each provincial candidate location for field hospitals. The planned field hospitals will have capacities ranging from 100 – 500 beds. For example, the Bang Khun Thian Geriatric Hospital in Bangkok will have 500 beds, 470 for Thammasat Chalermprakiat Hospital in…

dtac Boosts Connectivity Ahead of Songkran to Support Social Distancing

April 9, 2021 – dtac has accelerated its network rollout ahead of the 2021 Songkran holidays, ensuring reliable and secure connectivity to support mobility and social distancing. Most of the cell sites dtac added in Q1’21 operate on 700 MHz, a low-spectrum band offering strong indoor and outdoor coverage. By focusing on key areas upcountry and along major thoroughfares, dtac is therefore confident it can provide a superlative experience on mobile voice and data services for those returning home during the holidays. In addition, dtac will reinforce its network teams, who will operate 24/7 to ensure uninterrupted connectivity nationwide. Mr. Prathet Tankuranun, Chief Technology Officer, Total Access Communication PLC or dtac, explained, "Connectivity plays a critical role in this challenging time and we expect Songkran will trigger a surge in interprovincial travel from April 10 to 15. dtac has bolstered its network with high-coverage sites on 700 MHz, mobile network vehicles and updated network parameters for the holiday traffic. I’m therefore very confident that dtac will deliver high-speed internet for all during this special week. We are also keeping a close eye on the COVID-19 situation and boosting the network in critical zones to support health officials.” dtac’s network engineers…

dtac Partners with Hi-Shield to Offer a Free SIM with 12 GB of Free Internet

5 April 2021 – Total Access Communication PLC or dtac, is partnering with Hi-Shield Gadget Company Limited, the manufacturer and distributor of premium mobile device screen protectors and protection films. Hi-Shield screen protectors will come with a complimentary dtac prepaid SIM that offers free data, unlimited data top-ups and much more. The free dtac prepaid SIM included 1 GB of free internet per month for a total of 12 GB over 12 months. Moreover, a special unlimited 4mbps data package is available exclusively for this SIM at only 200 Baht a month. The free SIM is included inside the box only selected item of new Hi-Shield products and activation is as simple as scanning the QR code on the SIM envelope and following the instructions on the screen. This campaign begins today until 31 December 2021 at any Hi-Shield retailer nationwide. Consumer Behavior Under the Scope: Screen Protection Films dtac continuously studies consumer behavior to develop sales plans and channels that best answer the needs of customers. Current customers require high-quality screen protectors to safeguard their mobile devices and gadgets, especially those at higher prices. Hi-Shield sales of screen protectors in 2020 grew by 45 percent compared to 2019 due…

Asia’s First Broadcast on 26 GHz 5G Launched by dtac x THE STANDARD

April 1, 2021 - dtac and THE STANDARD are making history with the first live broadcast on 26 GHz 5G in Asia.  MORNING WEALTH program from THE STANDARD WEALTH Chanel will use a fixed wireless access on mmWave to stream high-definition video online. This technological first is part of dtac’s commitment to building 5G applications across numerous fields, including smart cities, smart agriculture and advanced broadcasting. Prathet Tankuranun, Chief Technology Officer, Total Access Communication PLC or dtac, said, “dtac’s mmWave 5G is well suited to applications in various industries. For media, it can massively increase channel capacities making it ideal for broadcasts in augmented reality (AR), virtual reality (VR), mixed reality (MR), and extended reality (XR).  Our partnership with THE STANDARD is a great start to this journey. It demonstrates the readiness of dtac’s 26 GHz 5G.” The live broadcast of the MORNING WEALTH program from THE STANDARD’s studio is a significant step to ensure Thailand is exploring new technologies set to redefine how home viewers engage with content over high-speed internet. As an online media, THE STANDARD is always exploring new ways to present information to viewers, and already broadcasts across multiple online platforms. Using 5G technology represents the…

dtac Safe Internet Young Leader Cyber Camp Season 3 calls for application

Children and youths are invited to co-create ‘constructive culture” in online spaces   Mar 23, 2021 - Third edition of dtac’s Young Safe Internet Leader Cyber Camp is now accepting application, inviting children and youth aged between 13 and 18 to jointly foster the “online constructive culture” as part of the efforts to promote responsible netizens and safe online spaces. Sharad Mehrotra, Chief Executive Officer of Total Access Communication Plc or dtac, said: “We strongly believe that youths well equipped with sophisticated knowledge and skills with digital resilience will be able to express values and promote a constructive culture in a digital space.” dtac has continued the Young Safe Internet Leader Camp for consecutive four school breaks with an aim to promote digital resilience skills and digital skills for the future. In this cyber camp, youths will access to resourceful learning opportunities and experience an end-to-end incubation process with many prominent mentors who have shared aspirations to create a constructive online culture, and build their own social connection with peers in the same generation. According to a trend report on generation Z’s aspiration, expectations and mindsets conducted by Wunderman Thompson Intelligence, it said that they are concerned about their future…

dtac business Recommends SMEs Reduce Unnecessary Costs with WorryFree SIMs

Rollover Data to Next Billing Cycle Automatically, Upgrade Starting this April 17 March 2021 – Communications in the form of mobile phone calls and the internet are monthly costs for every SME in this day of digital transformation. dtac can help with lowering costs for today’s entrepreneurs with WorryFree SIM – the first package in Thailand that lets SMEs rollover data each month to the next billing cycle. Moreover, dtac is launching inaugural perks for those buying the WorryFree SIM via E-store: 10 GB of data and 1 month of dtac OneCall service for free. For more information, visit https://estore.dtac.co.th/ Mr. Rajiv Bawa, Chief Business Officer at Total Access Communication PCL or dtac, said, “dtac Business understands that business owners need to deal with ongoing aggressive competition and pressure to manage costs to stay competitive. They also need to create new products and services to stay ahead in the dynamic market and managing costs is one of the most challenging factors yet crucial to competitiveness. From dtac’s findings, as much as 50 percent of business customers have unused data balance in their chosen packages each month. dtac will help quell this issue by upgrading business users to rollover data into…

dtac clinches four Thailand Best Employer Brand Awards

16 March 2021 - In the 2021 Thailand Best Employer Brand Awards, dtac got top honors in Career Development, Excellence in Training, HR Strategy in Line with Business, Health in the Workplace. The awards reflect dtac’s pioneering approach to employee empowerment: a self-serve platform for employees to plan their careers, flexible work from home policies and a “tight-loose-tight” management style. Sharad Mehrotra, Chief Executive Officer of dtac said, “dtac’s quadruple-win in the 2021 Thailand Best Employer Brand Awards is confirmation that our customers are best served by empowering the employees closest to them. Whether dtac is launching a platform for employees to take ownership of their careers or implementing flexible work across all our offices, our guiding principle is ‘tight-loose-tight.’ We are clear on expectations, but we allow employees to execute on our ambitions the way they feel will deliver the most impact. And finally, we measure results very consistently. This makes for happier customers and employees alike.” Award in Career Development dtac’s PromptGrow platform enables employees to assess themselves online, chart their career goals, and close the gaps that will allow them to fulfill their ambitions. Award in Excellence in Training In addition to a vast library of online…

Broken Charging Cables, Swollen Power Bank, Old Earphones – Dispose of them with Think Hai D at dtac

12 March 2021 – dtac is calling on all households to take a close look at old power banks, charging cables and even earphones. Such items carry risks of explosions, toxic emissions, and electrical discharges. dtac is inviting the public to properly dispose of aged and damaged electronic waste at special bins located at its 51 dtac Halls across the country. Batteries - An Explosive Issue The power bank market in Thailand is worth 1 billion Baht with a continuous trend for growth. A power bank has an average life span of 4 years, or 500-800 charges1, before losing capacity. The most popular type of rechargeable battery is lithium-ion thanks to its low weight, high-capacity and long lifespan. But they can be hazardous when not disposed of properly or fully discharged2. A survey by dtac found that 85% of users keep their power banks at home even when they are no longer fully functional, with an average number of unused power banks of 2-3 per user. Wearables – the New Frontier in Electronic Wastes Wearables like earphones, earbuds and smart watches grew by 52 percent reaching 125 million sets shipped around the world in 2020. Of those, earphones have the…

dtac’s Net for Living Digital Upskilling Program to kick off next week after attracting over 1,500 applicants

Figures underline the country’s upskilling crisis, fueled by Covid-19, which has exacerbated skill gaps across generations and locations Most applicants have expressed their urgent and huge demand on online business training   March 5, 2021 - Net-for-Living program initiated by dtac readies to roll out its digital upskilling journey for small-scaled enterprises next week after receiving an overwhelming feedback with the applicants of more than 1,500 nationwide. Figures from the applications reflects a massive disparity in digital spaces, which should be addressed urgently to bring Thailand a more inclusive economy. Sharad Mehrotra, chief executive officer at Total Access Communication Plc or dtac, said: “Covid-19 crisis has altered a structural change in labor market. Businesses are striving to digitalization to keep up with digital consumers. This has put pressure on Thai labor market to transform cope with the growing sectors of economy, helping people to succeed in the post-pandemic economy and beyond.” According to data from the applications of dtac’s Net-for-Living initiative, it showed that Thailand is facing the upskilling crisis. Skill gap has been clearly seen across generations and locations. Covid-19 highlights digital divide Majority of the applicants joined the program with the aim to become more equipped with online…

Supaporn Herb goes digital with dtac for its global expansion

This third-generation cosmetics family business has opted for dtac business E-Care solutions to shorten transaction times and focus on its future innovation.   3 March 2021 – Supaporn Herbs, a leading manufacturer and distributor of Thai herbal skincare for over five decades, is embracing digital technology to maintain a competitive edge in a fast-moving market. The company just signed up for dtac business E-Care, the online corporate mobile device management solution which can manage hundreds of employee accounts painlessly. The self-service features contribute to more efficient business operations at a time when cost and time management are more critical than ever. Enhancing its mobile connectivity also contributes to the company’s goal of expanding into the global market as a recognized name for quality Thai herbal products. Supaporn Herb originated from a small salon in Bangkok's Talad Phlu district 53 years ago. From curcumin facial scrubs sold in plastic bags, the family business has grown into a global exporter with a foothold in the Middle East, China, and the ASEAN. Its “small-town strategy” rests on product quality and affordable prices, making the products popular in rural markets. Mr. Akkares Suktalodcheep, the third-generation heir and chief executive of Supaporn Group, now operates…