Thailand - Internet, Broadband Services, Broadcasting and Forecasts
A generally improved commercial environment has presented increased opportunities for the development of the internet in Thailand. Over the last decade, the estimated number of internet users in the country has increased more than fourfold. Internet user penetration reached 38% in 2015. ISPs have recovered from their earlier reputation for unreliable performance and a failure to invest in improved infrastructure; and the government has been fixing the regulatory regime.
The country has been making a strong push into broadband services. Fixed broadband penetration continues to grow slowly in Thailand reaching 30% household penetration in 2015. There have also been changes in the wireless broadband market with the roll-out of more 3G networks followed by 4G/LTE. More work needs to be done on the regulatory front.
Fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) continues to grow strongly in major metropolitan areas. In 2015 AIS commercially launched its residential fibre broadband service, AIS Fibre', offering connection speeds of up to 1Gbps via FTTH.
The report takes a brief look at the TV broadcasting industry in Thailand. As with the telecom industry, the broadcasting market had been waiting for a new regulator to be put in place. The government finally established the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission which has started a new licensing regime for broadcasters. There is also information in this report on developments in Thailand's IPTV market.
In late 2015 the Provincial Electricity Authority announced the rollout of the countrys first smart grid electricity project, by early 2018.
WiFi continues to grow strongly in Thailand. AIS is rolling out Super Wi-Fi' access points, enabling data transfer at up to 650Mb/s. TOT is adding WiFi hotspot capabilities to 10,000 public telephone booths in greater Bangkok. True Corp announced plans for a transformation of its fixed and wireless broadband networks. AIS launched fibre broadband and an IPTV services utilising the IPTV licence of DTV Service Co. Steps were taken by True and CAT Telecom to introduce cloud computing platforms; The NBTC issued cable and satellite pay TV operator licences of up to 15-year duration; The IPTV market was continuing to position itself to grow substantially in the coming years;