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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,…

Youths call for continued guidance to tackle online bullying amid increased internet use

68 percent say that bullying online is a serious problem for them today 21 October 2021- More than two-thirds (68 percent) of 3,930 youths surveyed from Bangladesh, Malaysia, Pakistan, and Thailand agreed that online bullying is a serious problem for young people today. Of the youths surveyed, 1 in 4 (25 percent) said they were bullied before the pandemic began and in terms of intensity, almost a third (29 percent) said they experienced more online bullying since the onset of COVID-19. The survey, conducted in August 2021 by Telenor Group, in partnership with Plan International, found that 14 percent of youths experienced online bullying at least once a week or more.  Respondents selected social media, messaging apps, and online gaming and video game streaming as top three platforms where they experienced online bullying. The survey also revealed that youths who were bullied online used a range of tactics to stop the bullying. These spanned from ignoring the bully which resulted in the person stopping, changing security settings online so the person could not contact them, and speaking to a parent or guardian about the problem. Refreshers on staying safe online needed “With the marked increase in time spent on the…

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 Net for Living digitally upskills Seniors to Boost Silver Economy

September 29, 2021 – dtac Net for Living, is upgrading the digital skills of Thailand’s seniors with a focus on self-employed entrepreneurs aged 50 up. In partnership with dtac, the Digital Economy Promotion Agency, the Internet Foundation for the Development, and social enterprise Young Happy, the first batch of 250 trainees are expected to build their resilience in today’s challenging economic climate. Sharad Mehrotra, chief executive officer of Total Access Communication Plc or dtac, said, “Aging society is a mega trend of the 21st Century. The United Nations has predicted that the population aged 65 and above will double to 1.5 billion by 2050.  Thailand is also heading towards this direction, with its elderly expected to grow from 20 percent today to 28 percent in 2033. In 30 years, Thai persons aged 50 and above are expected to account for 50 per cent of the total population or around 30 million people. If we don’t ensure seniors are digitally savvy, they will struggle to access healthcare, banking and government services. We also predict that they will need digital skills to develop additional income streams. Hence, dtac Net for Living is committed to closing the digital gap affecting Thailand’s seniors.” The…

Shaping Online Culture Through Gen Z’s Lens

22 September 2021 - “Generation gap” has long existed in society. However, in the face of increasingly-popular digital technologies, social media have not only changed people’s ideas and behaviors, but they have also created “new space” for people to express themselves. In such situation, online space has often spawned conflicts and deception. Clashing there are two groups of netizens. The first, Digital Migrant, refers to people who were born in the Analogue Age. But they have now migrated to the Digital Age. In this group are baby boomers, Gen X and Gen Y. The second, Digital Native, was born in the Internet Age. They can thus use digital technologies so smoothly. Recognizing that online community would become more pleasant if its members used digital space constructively and safely, dtac has invited youngsters to #changetheworldduringschoolbreak with dtac Young Safe Internet Leaders’ Camp (YSLC) under the theme of “Constructive Online Culture”. Digital natives are welcome to jump in and show what they want to see in the online community via their projects. dtac  features 10 interesting projects from the camp. 1.Jordan Team Its web application is designed to detect fake news in Thailand. Leveraging Machine Learning technology, it has practiced with more…

dtac partners with EEF to connect 2,000 disadvantaged schoolchildren

Aug 11, 2021 - Today, dtac announced it is providing SIMs with unlimited internet connectivity to 2,000 children in Bangkok under the supervision of Thailand’s Equitable Education Fund (EEF). This will allow these schoolchildren to continue studying despite the Covid-19 lockdown. Dr. Kraiyos Patrawart, Deputy Managing Director of the Equitable Education Fund (EEF), said, “The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted both public health and the economy. Many families found themselves with more dependents and many adults have become jobless. EEF found that the average household income of children under EEF supervision dropped by 11 percent in the academic year 2019-2020, down to 1,021 baht per month or only 34 baht a day. The fresh wave of Covid-19 has led to an increase of 10 percent in acute poverty.” Mr. Sharad Mehrotra, Chief Executive Officer at Total Access Communications Plc or dtac, said, “With Thailand now under another lockdown and all schools closed, we must find ways for children to study remotely. Unfortunately, online learning can be a struggle for children who cannot afford a fast and reliable connection. Thus, dtac has several initiatives to support uninterrupted connectivity for students. And the 2,000 SIMs dtac distributed to disadvantaged schoolchildren are one more…

COVID-19 Cases Seeking Hospital Admission or Advice on Home Isolation Advised to Call the NHSO Hotline Only On #1330

dtac OneCall Supports The Emergency Hotline as Hundreds More Call Agents Can Receive Calls from Anywhere, at Any Time   30 July 2021 – At present, many emergency hotlines cannot be reached by the public due to an overwhelming number of calls about COVID-19. Hence, dtac has provided the National Health Security Office (NHSO) Hotline with a dtac OneCall Mobile PBX that expands the available lines for the #1330 hotline and efficiently speeds up connection times. The #1330 hotline is now recommended for anyone who recently tested COVID-19 positive, requires hospital admission or seeks advice on home isolation. The dtac OneCall solution allows 200 mobile phone numbers to receive the public’s calls to the emergency number’s landline, instantly upgrading the call center’s efficiency. These mobile phones are assigned to health officials in the Bangkok area to support so that, together, they can assist the public 24/7 from anywhere, starting 30 July 2021. Most of these calls are from persons seeking hospital admission and ambulance services for COVID-19 cases. The new #1330 National Health Security Office Hotline by dtac OneCall provides numerous benefits: dtac OneCall serves as mobile PBX by expanding the available lines to mobile phones, enabling more personnel to…

dtac’s 5-Point Covid-19 Recovery Recommendations for PM

dtac participated in today's video conference on COVID-19 epidemic control and recovery measures with the Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha, the Thai Chamber of Commerce, and 40 CEOs from Thailand’s leading companies. As a telecom operator, dtac is supporting Thailand during the pandemic with digital solutions and nationwide connectivity. Mr. Sharad Mehrotra, CEO of Total Access Communication PLC or dtac, proposed five recommendations on COVID-19 in Thailand: 1. Epidemic control with anonymous mobility data: dtac has been working with health authorities to use aggregated, anonymized data to study population movements for the purpose of disease tracking. This can support rolling out vaccines, target testing sites, and identify high-risk areas where COVID-19 clusters are likely to form. 2. Effective communication: Highly coordinated omni-channel public messaging will improve public adhesion to health recommendations. The government should also consider streamlining the COVID-19-related apps currently in use. The success of contact tracing apps requires about 70 percent of the population use them, as seen in Singapore. Having a single app for Thailand’s COVID-19 tracing, vaccine registration and information would support this goal. 3. Remedial measures for entrepreneurs: As movements are restricted and crowded public places highly risky, the success of online commerce will be critical.…

MoPH behind push for full vaccination of seniors to fight mortality crisis Over 60s can register for extra shots from Monday 12 July through mobile providers AIS, TRUE, dtac and NT – jabs start 16-31 July at Bang Sue Central Vaccination Center

11 July 2021: Dr Somsak Akksilp, Director-General of the Department of Medical Services of the Ministry of Public Health, said, “The pandemic crisis has become acute in Greater Bangkok as case numbers are rising. New measures and curfews have now been implemented in many areas to reduce the spread of infection. The most worrying statistic is that if the over-60s become infected, they have a significantly greater chance of mortality from Covid than other groups. For this reason, we are making every effort to secure vaccination for older people aged 60 and over and create immunity for this group.” Bang Sue Central Vaccination Center is thus opening vaccination registrations for citizens aged 60 and over through the registration channels of AIS, TRUE, dtac and NT with the support of NBTC from 12 July 2021 from 09.00 onwards, for vaccination appointments running from 16-31 July 2021 at 09.00-17.00. The channels of each mobile provider comprise: AIS : www.ais.th/vaccine TRUE : USSD press *707# dial out for TrueMove H numbers exclusively, at website vaccine.trueid.net and QR Code by scanning from TrueVisions or other True media channels. For more information, please call Tel. 02-700 9022 or visit www.truecorp.co.th dtac : dtac app and…

dtac Offers Assistance to Rescue Personnel and Residents Affected by the Factory Explosion and Fire in Soi Kingkaew

July 6, 2021 – dtac wishes to extend our concern and support to rescue personnel and everyone affected by the recent factory explosion and fire in Soi Kingkaew, Bang Phli Yai subdistrict, Bang Phli district, Samut Prakan province. dtac is monitoring the situation continuously and offer assistance to our customers affected by the incident as follows: dtac Prepaid Customers – dtac prepaid customers residing in the 5 km radius evacuation zone will receive 1 GB of free data with an extended period to 7 days from 6-12 July 2021. dtac Postpaid Customers – dtac postpaid customers residing in the 5 km radius evacuation zone shall receive a due date extension by 7 days, 1 GB of free data for a period of 7 days from 6-12 July 2021. dtac has sent out SMS to customers in the affected area of the above offers in support of alleviating impact from the incident and to ensure uninterrupted mobile phone service to monitor the situation and for communications. dtac is also donating 6,600 bottles of drinking water for affected residents and rescue personnel working to contain the situation via Ruamkatanyu Foundation headquarters in Bang Phli district, Triam Parinya Nuson School located near ground…