SEOUL - South Korea's major mobile carrier, KT Corp, announced a partnership with Thailand's Jasmine Group to develop a large language model (LLM) focused on the Thai language.
According to a new release by Yonhap News Agency, the heads of both companies met at KT's headquarters in central Seoul last Thursday to discuss the development of the Thai language-based LLM and to devise a marketing strategy for the Southeast Asian market. They also discussed responses to AI-related regulations in the region.
The meeting followed a memorandum of understanding signed last month between KT and Jasmine Technology Solution, the ICT systems arm of Jasmine Group. KT will leverage technologies used in the creation of its upcoming hyperscale AI service, Mi:dm, to develop the Thai LLM. Jasmine Group will be responsible for analyzing the regional market and constructing a graphics processing unit (GPU) farm to power the LLM.
The GPU farm is planned to be constructed in the first half of next year, and the Thai LLM development is expected to commence in the second half.
According to data from global research firm Statista, the generative AI market in Southeast Asia is projected to reach $1.41 billion in 2023 and is expected to grow sharply to $7.65 billion by 2030.
KT CEO Kim Young-shub stated, "We expect to contribute to strengthening Thailand's competitiveness in the AI industry through cooperation with Jasmine Group, and furthermore, succeed in breaking ground in the Southeast Asian AI market."