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Thailand - Key Statistics, Telecommunications Market, Regulatory and Infrastructure Overview and Forecasts

Thailand - Key Statistics, Telecommunications Market, Regulatory and Infrastructure Overview and Forecasts

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.

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 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 by 2018.

Key developments:

True Corp announced plans for a transformation of its fixed and wireless broadband networks.
AIS contracted Alcatel-Lucent to deploy a 100G optical transport network.
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.
AIS launched fibre broadband and an IPTV services utilising the IPTV licence of DTV Service Co.
DTAC plans to implement VoLTE, rolling out commercial voice services over its 4G network, as well as voice over WiFi.

Companies covered in this report include:

TOT Corp; CAT Telecom; True Corp; True Move; TT&T; AIS; DTAC; Hutchison CAT; ShinSat/Thaicom.


1. Synopsis
2. Key statistics
3. Country overview
3.1 Background and Economy
3.2 Military coup in Thailand
4. Thailand's telecom market
4.1 Overview
4.2 Smart Nation / Digital Economy
5. Regulatory environment
5.1 Regulatory reform
5.1.1 Telecommunications Act 2001
5.1.2 Ministry of Information and Communications Technology (MICT)
5.2 Regulatory authorities
5.2.1 National Telecommunications Commission (NTC)
5.2.2 National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC)
5.2.3 Master Plans (including Frequency Allocation Master Plan)
6. Telecommunications infrastructure
6.1 Fixed-line network
6.1.1 Statistics
6.1.2 Forecasts fixed-line subscribers 2015; 2020
6.1.3 Public payphones
6.2 International infrastructure
6.2.1 Overview
6.2.2 Submarine cable networks
6.2.3 Submarine cable systems under construction or proposed
6.2.4 Satellite networks
7. Related reports
List of Tables, Charts and Exhibits
Table 1 Country statistics 2015
Table 2 Telephone network statistics 2015
Table 3 Internet user statistics 2015
Table 4 Broadband statistics 2015
Table 5 Mobile statistics 2015
Table 6 National telecommunications authorities
Table 7 Thailand's real GDP growth rate 2006 - 2015
Table 8 Fixed lines and teledensity 1995 - 2015
Table 9 Historical - Estimated fixed-line subscribers by operator 2012
Table 10 Historical - Estimated fixed-line subscribers metro vs provincial 2011
Table 11 Forecast fixed-line subscribers and penetration rate 2015; 2020
Table 12 Public payphones in service 2004 - 2013
Table 13 Historical - Public payphones by provider 2012
Chart 1 - Fixed lines and teledensity - 2003-2014
Exhibit 1 Submarine cable networks - 2012
Exhibit 2 Thaicom's satellite network June 2014

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