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Bang Sue Central Vaccination Center’s new registrations for 2 groups of Thais and foreigners from 09.00 on Thurs 28 Oct on AIS, TRUE, DTAC, NT First dose for over-18s and boosters for Sinovac doses 1-2

27 October 2021: Dr Mingkwan Wichaidit, Director of the Institute of Dermatology and Director of Bang Sue Central Vaccination Center commented, “Building immunity remains the top priority of Bang Sue Central Vaccination Center. Now we are opening our doors to foreigners living in Thailand as well as Thais. This includes both people who have not yet had their first dose and vaccination with a booster dose of AstraZeneca after two doses of Sinovac. This will stimulate immunity to prevent serious illness and fatalities.” Bang Sue Central Vaccination Center and all 4 mobile service providers have prepared for these two groups of both Thais and foreigners holding the Pink Card of the Labour Ministry or a valid passport to register as follows: People who have received doses 1 and 2 of the Sinovac vaccine from any vaccination center can receive a booster dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine from 1-30 November 2021. People aged 18 and up who have not yet received a vaccine can register for the cross formula of the 1st dose of Sinovac and the 2nd dose of AstraZeneca from 1-10 November 2021. Both groups may register through the registration channels of the four mobile phone service providers AIS,…

As Bussarakham Field Hospital closes, dtac is recognized for connecting patients and medical staff with what matters most

October 4, 2021 – Dr. Kiatphum Wongrajit, Permanent Secretary of Public Health presented a certificate of merit for operational support to Mr. Marcus Adaktusson, Chief Corporate Affairs Officer, Total Access Communication PLC or dtac. The presentation was made during the closing ceremony of the Bussarakham Field Hospital. Through deployment of Wi-Fi solution and boosting of the mobile network with mobile base stations, dtac had supported connectivity for medical personnel, support workers, and patients. The Bussarakham Field Hospital was created inside the Challenger Hall, IMPACT Muangthong Thani, where it spanned 100,000 square meters. Launched 14 May 2021 for a target period of 130 days, its last patient was discharged on 20th September 2021. As cases rose in early 2021, the Ministry of Public Health raced to set up this field hospital with the cooperation of various government and private sector organizations, including dtac. The facility housed 3,700 beds and cared for a total of 20,436 patients. This was Thailand's largest-ever field hospital. The steadily decreasing number of confirmed cases in September and an increasing number of available beds in conventional hospitals in Greater Bangkok was the rationale for the ministry to close the Bussarakham Field Hospital.    

dtac expedites deployment of power generators for base stations impacted by Dian Moo Tropical Storm

Extends due dates for postpaid subscribers and validity for prepaid subscribers   September 27, 2021 – dtac has expedited deployment of technicians to assist people affected by power blackouts caused by the Dian Moo storm. Mobile power generators have been brought to power network base stations and communities where electricity has been cut off, such as the Tha Tako and Takhli districts in Nakhon Sawan; Bamnet Narong and Chaturat districts in Chaiyaphum; in the Lam Sonthi district in Lopburi and in Petchabun. Currently, the provinces of Nakhon Sawan, Chaiyaphum, Lopburi, Ubon Ratchathani, Sukhothai, and Petchabun are among the most affected by inundations, with electricity and telephone lines cut-off in many districts. dtac has deployed emergency measures as follows: Deploy rapid response teams to ensure base stations remain in operation, using power generators if necessary. Deploy power generators to help charge mobile devices in communities whose power has been cut-off, to help maintain communication. Loan mobile phones for free to communities affected by the floods. Offer affected communities COVID-19 protection supplies such as facial masks and alcohol spray.   dtac wishes for the safety and wellbeing of everyone in the natural disaster areas, and aims to enable uninterrupted communications with emergency…

Building the future of manufacturing with tools powered by 5G networks

The strategic partnership between dtac and Norway-based telco group Telenor allows the Thai mobile operator to connect with 5G experts globally. While dtac is an early mover in harnessing the capabilities of 5G, Telenor Sweden is another beacon of innovation in 5G within the Telenor family. They partnered with Ericsson and supplied a solution to Atlas Copco to explore the potential of power tools connected to a private 5G network. The project runs on 3500 MHz and is an exciting addition to Telenor Sweden’s commercial 5G, which is already available in 36 locations. To better understand its ability to transform manufacturing and connectivity, dtac blog spoke to Andreas Kristensson, Head of IoT and New Business at Telenor Sweden. “We know that private networks are essential to Industry 4.0,” he said. “Connected power tools require very low and highly predictable latencies. Hence, Telenor Sweden’s installation at Atlas Copco is a great use case to test the benefits of a dedicated LTE and 5G Network. And we plan to add lots of other equipment over time.” The project is truly a meeting of greats. The Telenor Group has 169 million customers globally and leads the pan-European 5G Verticals Innovation Infrastructure (5G VINNI)…

Don’t Share Your OTP With Anyone! dtac Warns of Online Scammers During COVID-19

August 3, 2021 – dtac warns that widespread online scamming and phishing attempts are rising since the COVID-19 crisis. These malicious requests often ask for the user’s one-time password (OTP) under false pretenses. Users should be particularly cautious of attention grabbing messages promising fast cash: 1,000 Baht transferred to your account, click now Your 50,000 Baht assistance is transferred to your account, click now Congratulations, you’ve won 100,000 Baht, click here Your COVID personal loan has been approved, click now   The fraudulent messages contain links leading to the installation of malware that can collect personal data from the infected mobile phone. The data can be used to make transactions that can cause serious financial loss to the phone’s user, such as transferring all the money in their bank account to a scammer. A one-time password or OTP is usually a number with 4 or 6 digits. It allows banks and other services to securely authenticate the user in an online transaction. The OTP can be used only once and within a limited time. Users who request an OTP when making a transaction must never share that OTP to anyone else. With the OTP, scammers can take over a bank…

dtac Service Centers Adjust Operating Hours Under New Measures. Residential Areas to Receive High-Speed Internet Network Boosts

12 July 2021 – dtac announced new COVID-19 measures for all dtac service centers located inside department stores, shopping centers, and community malls. The government’s new measures, including a curfew, will be imposed in Bangkok and its five adjacent provinces will last for at least 14 days starting on Monday or until the situation eases. The measures allow shopping centers to open but mandates earlier closing times. dtac service centers will adjust their closing times accordingly. The tougher measures is to come into effect for the six provinces on high alert: Bangkok, Nakhon Pathom, Nonthaburi, Pathum Thani, Samut Prakan, and Samut Sakhon. For the closing times of each shop, it is recommended to find dtac service center opening hours at https://www.dtac.co.th/en/help/store-locations.html Furthermore, to serve the rising usage during the heightened work-from-home period, dtac is boosting high-speed internet with our 700 MHz network and Massive MIMO technology. dtac expects that, due to the inter-provincial travel restrictions and the government’s plea that all those who can work from home do so, internet usage in residential areas will increase significantly. To ensure a superlative work-from-home experience, dtac will monitor customers’ network experience 24/7 nationwide, adjust network parameters accordingly, and increase capacity at the…

dtac launches proof-of-concept 5G Private Network to Boost Thai Industry

Collaborating with AWS, dtac unveils proof-of-concept 5G Private Network services with edge computing 5G Private Networks are expected to accelerate the digital transformation of automotive manufacturing, shipping, and public health dtac urges Thai businesses to explore how 5G Private Networks can support their future use cases   July 5, 2021 – dtac announced the launch of its proof-of-concept 5G Private Network solution to unlock the full potential of 5G for Thai enterprises. The solution is envisaged to help enterprises operate more efficiently and securely, while also unlocking the full power of Cloud through edge computing integration. As a proof of concept, dtac also unveiled a real-time, artificial intelligence (AI)-based Video Analytics solution in its corporate headquarter ‘dtac House’, covering Covid-19 use-cases, such as personal protective equipment (PPE) Compliance, Intrusion Detection, People Occupancy and Physical Distancing. The solution has been developed in collaboration with Amazon Web Services (AWS), utilizing dtac’s 5G Private Network and AWS Snowball Edge, a device with on-board storage and compute power for select AWS capabilities. AWS Snowball Edge can do local processing and edge-computing workloads in addition to transferring data between local environments and AWS. 5G Private Networks can power mission-critical systems that require ultra-high reliability, ultra-low…

dtac’s 700 MHz Network Boosts Thailand’s Resilience

700 MHz base stations already deployed in 75 provinces and 717 districts across Thailand Expanded 700 MHz 5G network in Chon Buri, Rayong, and Ubon Ratchathani Real SME users share #GoodForAll experiences   June 21, 2021 – dtac forges ahead in expanding its 700 MHz network across Thailand, providing high-speed internet to all. The year-end target for the 700 MHz network is to cover all 77 provinces and over 900 districts. Currently, 717 districts across Thailand are covered by dtac, ready to offer high-speed internet to everyone. The results can also be tracked by following the feedback from real small and medium enterprise (SME) users who are sharing their feedback with the hashtag #GoodForAll. Connectivity is particularly critical to Thailand’s recovery and business operations. Therefore, dtac is focused on providing high-speed internet in all of Thailand, to offer greater digital access and contribute to a better quality of life. The GSMA reported that in 2019, the telecom and related industries globally contributed USD 4.1 trillion in economic value or 4.7 percent of GDP. It also forecasted that the contribution will rise to USD 5 trillion by 2024 or 4.9 percent of GDP globally as a result of high-speed internet adding…

Bussarakham Field Hospital Improves Patient Care with Smart Technology

With mobile connectivity, patients get better care and go home sooner The COVID-19 situation in Thailand remains on the highest alert, especially within the top 10 most infected provinces. Bangkok tops the list with 1,356 cases per day and 41,573 cases cumulatively (Diseases Control Department, Ministry of Public Health, 31 May 2021).As the number of confirmed cases continues to rise, the Ministry of Public Health has expedited capacity-building and adopted digital solutions to improve care and reduce the time patients must spend in field hospitals. Building Capacity Dr. Pathomphorn Siraprapasiri, as Advisor to the Department of Medical Services and a medical expert at the Public Health Permanent Secretary Office, shared with us the patient care plan for the Bussarakham Field Hospital. This is currently the largest field hospital for COVID-19 patients in Thailand, located in the IMPACT Challenger Hall, Muang Thong Thani, covering over 100,000 square meters of space. Dr. Pathomphorn said, “Here, we quarantine and provide treatment to COVID-19 patients with moderate symptoms to make sure their conditions do not worsen. The available number of regular hospital beds may not be sufficient, so we created field hospitals to cater for the newly infected cases.” The Bussarakham Field Hospital started…

dtac installs Equipment Support for Medical Personnel in the Treatment of COVID-19

Boosting High-Speed Internet at Thailand’s Largest Field Hospital with 5,200 Beds at Muang Thong Thani May 14, 2021 – dtac has joined forces with the Ministry of Public Health and the National Broadcasting Technology Commission (NBTC) to install equipment to monitor and analyze COVID-19 treatments, complete with high-speed internet, in support of public health workers. This set of equipment, together with mobile base stations for network boosts, are deployed at the 5,200-bed Bussarakham 1-5 Field Hospital with over 100,000 sqm. space in the IMPACT Challenger Hall in Muang Thong Thani. The Ministry of Public Health has transformed the Bussarakham 1-5 Halls of the IMPACT Challenger Hall into a field hospital to cater to “yellow group” COVID-19 patients – those with mild symptoms and without shortness of breath. This field hospital is set up to reduce the burden of government and private hospitals in Greater Bangkok, allowing for increased capacity to admit “red group” patients – those with severe conditions. The field hospital also includes a section for "red group" patients requiring special care with negative-pressure tents, respirators, and other equipment. Mr. Sharad Mehrotra, CEO, Total Access Communication PLC or dtac, said, "At every stage of COVID-19 crisis, we can see…