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Thailand - Major Telecom Operators

Thailand - Major Telecom Operators

The Thai telecom market is a complex commercial environment, with a mix of state-owned companies and private operators functioning under a wide variety of corporate and regulatory structures and interfaces.

There are three major fixed-line operators one government-owned and two private. Fixed-line services are outnumbered by mobile phone services by a ratio of more than 15 to one. While reasonably good infrastructure has been put in place to support data services, this segment of the market has only recently been experiencing significant growth.

The mobile segment of the market continues its relatively strong growth in a maturing market.

When two new mobile players TA Orange (later to become True move) and Hutchison CAT entered the market to challenge the entrenched duopoly of AIS and DTAC, competition became increasingly vigorous. Two other operators, Thai Mobile and CAT Mobile, also entered the market.

The local mobile sector has seen a sustained period of high competition with heavy price-cutting as the battle for market share raged. There was likely to be a push for consolidation, especially as the market gets closer to saturation. The government's sectoral reform should also have a major impact on the shape and direction of the market.

Key developments:

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.
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.
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; Triple T Broadband; Jasmine International; AIS; DTAC; Hutchison CAT


1. Synopsis
2. Operating environment for operators
2.1 Market overview
2.2 Operator statistics
3. Major operators
3.1 Advanced Info Service (AIS)
3.1.1 Overview
3.1.2 Statistics
3.1.3 Historical Financials
3.1.4 Fixed broadband
3.1.5 2G and 3G strategy
3.1.6 Network Expansion
3.1.7 WiFi
3.2 DTAC
3.2.1 Overview
3.2.2 Recent Developments
3.2.3 Statistics
3.2.4 3G strategy
3.2.5 4G strategy
3.3 True Corp
3.3.1 Overview
3.3.2 Business strategy
3.3.3 Fixed-line services
3.3.4 TrueMove
3.3.5 TrueOnline
3.4 Telephone Organization of Thailand Corp (TOT)
3.4.1 Overview
3.4.2 Historical Statistics
3.4.3 Network expansion activity
3.4.4 3G strategy
3.4.5 3G Strategy
3.4.6 4G trials
3.4.7 TOT broadband
3.5 Communications Authority of Thailand (CAT)
3.5.1 Overview
3.5.2 Business strategy
3.5.3 CAT broadband
3.5.4 Statistics
3.5.5 Restructuring of Thai Mobile joint Venture
3.5.6 Proposed 3G network
3.5.7 CAT Telecom mobile
3.5.8 Hutchison CAT
3.6 TT&T
4. Related reports
List of Tables and Exhibits
Table 1 Mobile operators, subscribers, annual change and market share 2015
Table 2 3G subscribers by Mobile Operator 2015
Table 3 AIS: Historical subscribers and market share 2004; 2007 - 2014
Table 4 AIS: subscribers 2013 - 2015
Table 5 AIS: 3G subscribers 2011 - 2015
Table 6 AIS: ARPU (postpaid, prepaid and blended) 2007 - 2015
Table 7 AIS: number of data users 2008 - 2014
Table 8 AIS: proportion of revenue from non-voice 2008 - 2014
Table 9 AIS: capital expenditure 2008 - 2014
Table 10 DTAC: total mobile subscribers and market share 2002 - 2015
Table 11 DTAC: 3G subscribers 2011 - 2015
Table 12 DTAC: Mobile data subscribers 2011 2012: 2014
Table 13 DTAC: ARPU (postpaid, prepaid and blended) 2008 - 2015
Table 14 True's fixed-line subscribers 2004 - 2014
Table 15 True's fixed line ARPU 2004 - 2014
Table 16 True's payphone ARPU 2004 - 2014
Table 17 True Move: total mobile subscribers and market share 2004 - 2015
Table 18 True Move: 3G subscribers 2011 - 2015
Table 19 True Move: ARPU (postpaid, prepaid and blended) 2007 - 2014
Table 20 TrueOnline's fixed broadband subscribers 2001 - 2014
Table 21 Historical - TrueOnline's fixed internet subscribers 2003 - 2012
Table 22 TOT's fixed-line subscribers 2005 - 2013
Table 23 TOT's total revenues 2005 - 2013
Table 24 TOT's payphones 2005 - 2013
Table 25 TOT: 3G subscribers 2012 - 2013
Table 26 TOT's broadband services 2007 - 2013
Table 27 TOT's broadband internet ports in service 2011
Table 28 Thai Mobile Telecom's subscriber growth 2002 - 2009
Table 29 CAT Telecom's historical subscriber growth 2006 2009; 2012
Table 30 Hutchison CAT: historical subscribers and market share 2003; 2007 - 2010
Table 31 TT&T's fixed-line subscribers 2009 - 2013
Table 32 Triple T Broadband's subscribers 2004; 2007 2012
Exhibit 1 Major operators by market segment

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