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.
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.