Thailand’s dtac Launches 5G Private Network using AWS Snowball Edge

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Thailand’s mobile operator dtac announced the launch of its proof-of-concept (POC) 5G Private Network to provide the robust infrastructure necessary for Thai businesses.

Rajiv Bawa, chief business officer at dtac, said, 5G private networks can unlock the potential of Thailand’s businesses. “The key benefit of a private network is that it can be custom-built for specific use cases for each corporation. 5G private networks also support advanced requirements for digital transformation and automated manufacturing requiring ultra-high data transfer speeds or near-zero latencies – citing IoT, robots and manufacturing automation as the most significant use cases that require machine-critical performance and security,” he added. 

The solution is said to help organisations operate securely with cloud through edge computing integration. dTac also unveiled a real-time, AI based video analytics solution on covid-19 use cases.

The company is working with AWS using dtac’s 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.

According to dtac, 5G Private Networks can power mission-critical systems that require ultra-high reliability, ultra-low latency, 99.999 percent availability, and very high security. When integrated with edge-computing capabilities, private networks can provide customers with a scalable, customizable platform to take advantage of developments in new generation technologies such as Internet of Things (IoT), AI/machine learning (ML), augmented reality (AR)/virtual reality (VR), real time analytics and much more.

Two types of 5G private networks

The first type is the standalone private network with hardware that includes edge computing operating on 26 GHz 5G and is not connected to a public network. Optimal data transfer performance is assured due to an exclusive corporate network with low latency, superior security, and isolated data traffic.

The second type is a hybrid private network. 5G and 4G connectivity are combined with base stations installed within the corporation and a public radio access network (RAN). Data processing is isolated within the corporate edge computing but can be stored in hyperscale data centres with superior security.

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