This report provides an overview of the telecommunications market in Thailand and the regulatory reform that is taking place, together with a selection of the most recent available key indicators for the sector. The overview includes information on the national telecommunications infrastructure. The report also includes scenario forecasts for fixed line subscribers.
The country’s telecom industry has undergone a period of strong growth which has started to moderate in the last few years. The mobile market has been a case in point growing by substantial amounts annually and passing the 100% penetration milestone. Growth slowed as the economy turned down in 2009 and by 2012 the annual growth rate in the mobile market was around 6%. While the country has gained considerably from a liberalised telecoms sector, there still remains much work to be done on regulatory reform. Of particular concern was the respective roles into the future of the two state-owned enterprises – TOT and CAT; it was not clear how the government was going to handle the reforms needed in this regard. The industry had long been waiting on the establishment of the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC), the new regulator. This finally happened in the second half of 2011, offering some fresh hope that the much needed reforms would become a reality.
the NBTC signalled a positive note when it proceeded with the 2100MHz 3G auction in October 2012 and issued the necessary licences;
the NBTC approved revised regulations aimed at preventing foreign dominance in the local telecom industry;
2013 was declared ‘the year of consumer protection’ by the NBTC, as it embarked on a campaign to enforce industry regulations;
social media continued to prove controversial in Thailand;
the NBTC’s new frequency allocation master plan will allow it to address the many spectrum issues that currently need attention;
the regulator authorised AIS and then both DTAC and True to carry out 4G LTE mobile trials;
TrueMove used the 2100MHz 3G licence to move straight to a 4G network;
The three major mobile operators agreed with the NBTC to adopt new interconnection regime.
Companies covered in this report include:
TOT Corp; CAT Telecom; True Corp; True Move; TT&T; AIS; DTAC; Hutchison CAT; ShinSat/Thaicom.
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