Thailand - Fixed Broadband Market, Digital Economy and Digital Media - Statistics and Analyses
Fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) continues to grow strongly in major metropolitan areas. AIS commercially launched its residential fibre broadband service, AIS Fibre', offering connection speeds of up to 1Gbps via FTTH. The Provincial Electricity Authority announced the rollout of the countrys first smart grid electricity project, by early 2018.
The Thailand market has witnessed reasonably strong growth in the fixed broadband market over the past few years from a relatively small base. Market penetration has increased from 6.8% in 2012 to 8.1% in 2014, 9.2% in 2015 and 10.3% in 2016. Fixed broadband market penetration is forecast to grow strongly over the next few years to 2021.
From 2016 the Thai government is focussed on Phuket as its first smart city project. This aligns closely with its national policy of building a digital economy and a digital society. The Phuket smart city pilot project will initially zero in on digital infrastructure development, construction of a data centre and enhancement of the islands established tourism industry.
The governments plans to invest 10 billion baht towards improving the nations telecom infrastructure as part of its digital economy strategy. The government aims to double Thailands internet-connected population to 40 million users within the next three years.
WiFi continues to grow strongly in Thailand. AIS is rolling out Super Wi-Fi' access points, enabling data transfer at up to 650Mb/s. Steps were taken by True and CAT Telecom to introduce cloud computing platforms; Cable Thai Holding (CTH), which had been running at a loss pay TV operating group, shut down its pay TV services.