AIT- OHEC deal will extend internet access to thousands of Thai Schools
Information Technology Press Releases Thursday April 2, 2015 11:50
Bangkok–2 Apr–Asian Institute of Technology
The Asian Institute of Technology (AIT) and the Office of Higher Education (OHEC) have joined forces to enable thousands of schools across Thailand to be connected to the internet for the first time.
Through a memorandum of understanding signed on 31 March 2015, AIT will provide 32,768 IPv4 addresses to be used by OHEC’s subsidiary office of Information Technology Administration for Educational Development (UniNet), which is in need of internet addresses for schools in Thailand.
UniNet provides high-speed information network linkage to universities, institutes and campuses. By connecting with research networks located in foreign countries, the agency enables Thailand’s higher education institutes to manage their virtual classrooms located abroad.
As the world is now in short supply of IPv4 address, AIT’s goodwill gesture to Thailand will enable many thousands of students to learn and research online from high-end digital resources.
AIT will also benefit by securing access to UniNet’s high-speed fiber optic research and education networks of at least 1 Gbps. The independent international postgraduate institute will receive the same rights and privileges as a full member of UniNet, with the same access as Thai universities to domestic and international education networks, as well as to the commercial internet.
OHEC Secretary-General Dr. Kamjorn Tatiyakavee said the deal will give a boost to the Ministry of Education’s efforts to promote IT-based learning and research via the internet. The government aims to achieve a “digital economy” in the near future, so connecting all of the nation’s schools is an important step forward.
AIT President Prof. Worsak Kanok-Nukulchai said the Pathumthani-based institute is thankful for the generous support it receives from the Royal Thai Government, and is pleased to partner with OHEC to improve the country’s online connectivity in education.
Photo caption: OHEC Secretary-General Dr. Kamjorn Tatiyakavee (left) is seen with AIT President Prof. Worsak Kanok-Nukulchai.