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Why connectivity matters to economic development

Figure 1 : Telcos contributed 1.4% of Thailand's GDP worth $5.8 billion Figure 2 : Thailand's economic value added of Telcos sector ranks No 18 globally. Figure 3: dtac invested $1.13 billion, contributing 20% of telco economic value-added. Figure 4: dtac generated 120 to 144 million US dollar on average during 2013 to 2017. Figure 5: dtac spent a total investment of $494 million from its CAPEX between 2014 and 2017. For more information, please visit https://www.telenor.com/sustainability/frontier-economics-report/

Inside dtac’s network war room: fighting to improve signal quality every day

In a war room located at the heart of Bangkok, at dtac House, a group of engineers are monitoring and discussing about how to improve network experience at the fastest pace of speed. Indeed, this war room works around the clock. Although dtac has recently solved its spectrum shortage issue by securing a combination of low and high-band spectrum, strengthening its spectrum portfolios to a better place. But it is just a beginning of growth story, which requires a greater amount of efforts in network rollout, especially on 2300 MHz frequency-band. With this urgency to improve network experience, today dtac’s network coverage on 2300 MHz band has surpassed its target from 40 to 70 provinces, marking a new industry record for the speed of network expansion. “Since the day dtac signed an agreement with TOT to launch the country’s first 4G LTE-TDD network on the widest bandwidth of 60 MHz, we started from scratch. No one in Thailand had experience with this rarer form of time division duplexing (TDD),” said Vikorn Kunsriruksakul, Head of Network Quality Assurance, the engineering team responsible for network design and planning. TDD improves on Fixed Division Duplexing (FDD) by allowing a dynamic allocation of uplink…

What drives dating apps’ popularity boom?

Thailand is at the forefront of the latest battle to digitalize romance. Technology has already radically changed romance, with online dating growing massively in popularity ever since Match.com blazed a trail in the mid 90s. The explosion of smartphone use drove dating to another level with speedy account set-ups and swipe to like approach first created by Tinder. Last year, Facebook launched its online-dating feature, called Dating, in three key markets, Colombia, Canada and Thailand—ahead of the USA! The development is aimed at serving users’ pain pint for meaningful long-term relationships rather than hookups. The opt-in feature will match users with people they are not already connected to on the site. From your profile, click on the heart of icon to enter what Facebook called “Dating home”. From there, set up a dating profile, which is separately created from your existing account. In other word, your Facebook friends will not be able to see yours. The platform will suggest potential matches depending on dating preferences, things people have in common - interests, activities and mutual friends. Facebook entered the dating-service market years after competitors like Tinder and Bumble. In 2012, Tinder first developed dating mobile app with free of charges.…