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Thai telecoms remain wary of 5G despite promise of government aid

Superfast network seen as unnecessary in country not built for speed

People test mobile phones at an exhibition in Bangkok. The Thai government has been pushing telecom operators to invest in 5G infrastructure lest the country fall behind others in the region.   © Reuters

BANGKOK -- Thailand risks being left behind in Asia's race to roll out fifth-generation networks, despite the junta's recent controversial move to offer financial relief to the country's telecoms in the hopes of stimulating investment.

Last month the Thai junta issued an order granting loan extensions to three major telecom operators in exchange for their promise of a rapid 5G rollout.

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