Smartphone manufacturer vivo and regional mobile communications provider AIS have partnered to run 5G standalone (SA) network tests in Thailand. This marks vivo’s first participation in 5G SA commercial network testing in markets outside of China. The collaboration with AIS will accelerate the commercial 5G SA network deployment in Thailand and bring enhanced high-speed 5G experiences to local mobile users.
A vivo V21 5G smartphone was utilised for the field tests that took place in urban areas of Bangkok, where, according to the company, “it achieved stellar results by attaining an impressive high speed of connectivity.”
The vivo V21 dual-mode 5G smartphone is embedded with proprietary 5G antenna technology, allowing it to be less battery-draining but more powerful and stable than single-mode 5G phones. Its 5G capabilities allow users to enjoy 4K UHD live streams and CPU-intensive games on-the-go.
With established 5G SA networks, Thailand is considerably more advanced than other markets across South-East Asia, Europe, Africa and the Middle East. AIS – Thailand’s fully integrated telecommunications provider offering mobile, broadband internet and digital services, has already started the deployment of 5G SA spots across the country.
Going forward, vivo says it will keep liaising with operators from India, Singapore, Malaysia, Hong Kong and Taiwan markets to conduct further 5G SA testing in 2021.