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Thai citizens get new remote work cloud platform

True Corporation Plc has launched a cloud-based platform for remote working and learning services to cater to the trend of working from home in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak.

The platform, known as True Virtual World, was launched on 23 March 2020. The free service enables people to work, learn and enjoy their lifestyle at home.

The Chairman of the board for the corporation stated that the company has integrated its business and corporate digital solutions into True Virtual World.

With the crisis, everyone is limited and must adjust their way of working, learning and living towards the online platform. Telecom infrastructure development of 4G and 5G wireless networks make that easier, the Chairman stated.

The platform consists of True virtual workplace, or Vwork, supporting business organisations at all levels and facilitating work from anywhere, anytime.

The platform supports company networks, assigning tasks, file sharing, task approval, internal communication, setting up a chat group as well as holding an online meeting of up to 1,500 participants.

The platform also includes True virtual learning or Vlearn, which supports educational institutions teaching while university and school students are away from campus.

It also allows access to a knowledge hub based on the state curriculum and can test and evaluate the study results.

True virtual live focuses on people’s lifestyles, including health, entertainment, online shopping as well as more privileges.

The Chairman said the platform has integrated solutions along with strong cybersecurity measures, which meets the needs of businesses, the educational sector and the public.

It is now a web-based platform but apps on both Android and Apple operating systems will be rolled out in the future. Businesses and people can now register to access the platform.

Tech solutions to enable more efficient work-from-home environments

OpenGov Asia recently reported the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) is seeking cabinet approval for providing mobile users with 10 free gigabytes of data usage per subscriber per month until 30 June 2020 as work from home measures are being adopted broadly in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak.

For fixed broadband service, existing household broadband subscribers would be supported in using the better capacity package without additional charges, though details of it have yet to be divulged.

Regarding fibre-to-the-home (FTTX) service, at least 100 megabits per second for download speeds must be ensured for household subscribers.

The Secretary-General of the NBTC, said the resolution, which was approved by the NBTC board on 23 March, was tabled before the cabinet meeting on 24 March 2020.

The move came after the special meeting, on 22 March, between the NBTC and mobile and telecom operators to seek ways to assist the public during this difficult time. The meeting was urged by Digital Economy and Society (DES) Minister.

The proposed assistance is expected to cost THB10 billion, or around THB3.5 billion per month.

The 10GB of data usage per mobile subscriber a month will be funded by the first instalment payments from the 5G spectrum license auction held last month.

The NBTC expects more than 50 million mobile subscribers would benefit from the assistance.

The Minister stated that 2 million household subscribers for fixed-broadband services would be entitled to the assistance.

If the proposal is approved by the cabinet, the NBTC will hold a meeting with telecom operators to discuss the assistance.

The Chairman of the NBTC stated that supporting people staying at home and working helps combat the spread of Covid-19. This resolution would facilitate work from home measures urged by the government.

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