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Thailand leads ASEAN in 5G rollout due to pandemic

Top operator AIS ready to invest up to $1.2bn for network expansion this year

AIS has launched 5G-operated robots for telemedicine services at hospitals, helping reduce direct contact between doctors and COVID-19 patients. (Photo courtesy of the company)

BANGKOK -- The novel coronavirus pandemic has prompted Thailand's major telecom operators to rev up deployment of fifth-generation technologies, making it the first country in the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations to have commercial 5G services.

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