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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…

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…

dtac launches dtac Net-for-Living initiative to promote digital inclusion

The program calls for applications from those merchants hit hard by Covid-19 impacts  15 February 2021 – dtac today announced a new digital upskilling initiative, dtac Net-for-Living, aiming to transform those traditional merchants and small-scale entrepreneurs affected from Covid-19 to gain a digital presence, with the ability to use digital technology to explore offline-to-online business opportunities amid the challenging times. Sharad Mehrotra, Chief Executive Officer of Total Access Communications Plc or dtac, said, ”The prolonged Covid-19 crisis has accelerated the country’s digitalization. Today’s fast-paced digital world, however, has left some vulnerable groups behind, particularly those who lack skills to live, learn and work in a society where communication and access to information is increasingly through digital technology. This digital divide will have a significant impact on the nation’s economy for both short and long term. We believe that mobile connectivity and internet access are critical catalyst for growth individually, socially and nationally. And digital inclusion will be critical to pandemic recovery.” dtac is committed to ensuring digital access and upskilling digital literacy for all, in order to reduce inequalities and empower societies. This action is aligned with the UN Sustainable Development Goal #10. Mr. Mehrotra pointed out that inclusive growth…

dtac Assists Migrant Communities Affected by COVID-19

dtac is a leader in serving Thailand’s migrant communities from Cambodia and Myanmar. The operator launched online content clarifying public health measures and regulations in their respective languages. dtac is also providing free COVID-19 insurance with select offers, facial masks and more affordable international rates for migrants to call home.   January 6, 2021 – Total Access Communication PCL or dtac, is supporting government efforts to contain the spread of COVID-19 among migrant workers in Samut Sakhon province. dtac launched Burmese- and Cambodian-language content on dedicated Facebook pages to ensure workers under quarantine know of public health advisories and emergency regulations. In addition, dtac is bundling free COVID-19 health insurance with select offers and has distributed face masks along with care packages. Mrs. Sukannee Lertsukwibul, Head of Prepaid at Total Access Communication PCL or dtac, said, “The rising number of positive cases in Samut Sakhon is a huge cause for concern among migrants in the province. There has been confusion over isolation and prevention measures, which we aim to resolve with the translated information channels we launched in our channels. As dtac is the most trusted operator among Cambodian and Myanmar nationals residing in Thailand, we want to help our…

dtac donates facial masks, drinking water and dried food to workers at the Central Shrimp Market via the Mirror Foundation

December 24, 2020 – dtac expedites assistance to more than 3,000 workers in the lockdown zone at the shrimp market community in Mahachai district, Samut Sakhon province. The aid comprises 3,000 masks; 10,000 bottles of drinking water and about 3,000 sets of dried food supplies . The donation is made via the Mirror Foundation to the workers impacted by the recent wave of COVID-19. dtac has provided support to migrant workers who are under quarantine and nearby communities and is standing by to offer assistance via our collaboration with the Mirror Foundation. We hope that the situation for workers in the Central Shrimp Market community, Mahachai district, Samut Sakhon province will return to normalcy soon. As long-standing partners, dtac and the Mirror Foundation have organized CSR activities on several occasions, including the “Arsa Langbaan” project, the flood relief efforts in Varinchamrab district, Ubon Ratchathani province and the “eye for heart” project, where dtac collaborated with the foundation to help publicize cases of missing children.    

dtac and Yara launch Kaset Go, the 1st digital community network for farmers in Thailand

By connecting farmers to experts and to other peer farmers, the Kaset Go platform aims to catalyze the digital transformation of Thailand’s agricultural sector. 30 November 2020 – dtac and Yara Thailand today officially launched Kaset Go, a mobile application that connects farmers to reliable and real time insights verified by agricultural experts. Designed to empower Thai farmers, the app leverages Yara Thailand’s agricultural knowledge and dtac’s communication technologies. Kaset Go presently allows farmers to ask questions to agriculture experts and gain knowledge from other farmers within the community with similar experiences. It also provides farmers access to key information such as daily crop prices, agricultural news, tips on eight major staples in Thailand: rice, maize, vegetables, durian, mangosteen, longan, citrus and mango. Content is geo-localized to meet the specific needs of farmers in Thailand’s major regions and there are sections within to support farmers groups with specific interests such as farm certification, logistics and marketing. The content is supported by experts from the Department of Agriculture Extension under the Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives, the Rak Ban Kerd Foundation, and Yara Thailand. Sharad Mehrotra, chief executive officer of Total Access Communication Plc or dtac, said, “dtac has a long…

dtac, Chaipattana Foundation and NECTEC to collaborate on IoT farming

The “Farm Man Yum” pilot demonstration of lingzhi mushroom farming will use connectivity solutions to improve yields and profits for Thai farmers 5 November 2020 – dtac together with the Chaipattana Foundation and the National Electronics and Computer Technology Center (NECTEC) signed a memorandum of understanding on a pilot farm of lingzhi mushrooms in Fang, Chiang Mai. The highland agricultural research and development project will feature dtac’s Farm Man Yum smart farming solutions using IoT technology and the dtac Cloud Service Mobile Application. The solution will enable produce harvests in green houses independent of seasons. It will also contribute to creating agricultural knowledge for neighboring communities where farmers can learn to produce high-value produce. Mr. Boonchai Bencharongkul, Chairman of Total Access Communication PCL or dtac, said, “This collaboration stems from dtac’s commitment to use mobile connectivity, innovation, knowledge and resources to improve the Thai society. Digital innovation can reducing economic disparity and develop businesses in Thailand. Agriculture is one sector that dtac has long focused on, with the dtac Smart Farmer community project in collaboration with Rak Ban Kerd Foundation. The project has empowered farmers with information technology providing real-time weather and pricing information via SMS or the Farmer Info…

dtac and Plan International Thailand empower teachers to stop cyberbullying

September 30, 2020 – Research shows that diversity training can reduce bullying, both at school and in online environments but there is little training content available for teachers on topics such as mutual respect and inclusion. In collaboration with DEPA, Thai Media Fund, dtac and PLAN International have developed and launched an online curriculum that have teachers trained about diversity, titled ‘Gender diversity respect to stop cyber-bullying’. The new modules, freely available online on ‘Super Teacher Platform’, provide teachers with  a clear framework to educate their students on these topics. The move is a part of an effort to make schools become a safe space for young children. On-uma V. Rerkpattanapipat, Head of Corporate Communications and Sustainability at Total Access Communications Plc or dtac, said: “dtac, Telenor Group and Plan International have formed a partnership to create a safer internet experience for all, promoting digital resilience in preparation for children to enter to the digital era. We believe diversity training can have a strong impact on reducing cyberbullying in both schoolyards and online spaces.” In a recent dtac-commissioned survey on the bullying behaviour of Thai students in greater Bangkok, 91 percent of 1,601 respondents said they experienced bullying. Among those…

dtac Think Hai D partners with Jones’ Salad to provide e-waste disposal services to promote food safety

1 September 2020 – Customers of organic restaurant chain Jones’ Salad can now dispose of their disused communication devices safely thanks to a new partnership with dtac’s e-waste management campaign dtac Think Hai D. dtac’s initiative to provide safe recycling services for unused mobiles, tablets and other electronic devices has added Jones’ Salad branches at The Market Bangkok, Silom Road and Central West Gate to its network of 51 dtac Halls nationwide.Electronic waste accounts for as much as 65% of all toxic waste in Thailand, yet only 13% of it gets processed properly, according to the Pollution Control Department (PCD). And the trend is growing. Across the country, the PCD predicts that by 2021, 13.42 million mobile phones and 3.65 million audio/video devices will be thrown away.Communication devices like phones and smart watches contain hazardous materials such as arsenic, lead and cadmium. These toxic materials have the potential to contaminate water sources and agricultural lands. A recent study at an e-waste sorting and dismantling community in Putthaisong, Buriram province by PCD experts from the 11th Regional Environment Office of Nakhon Ratchasima province found arsenic and lead levels exceeding permissible standard for residential and agricultural areas in four of the surface…