Thailand - Mobile Communications - Market Overview and Forecasts
What was once an all-powerful duopoly - AIS and DTAC was still dominating the market despite the entry of a number of new players. Number three in the market, True Move, has been the only one to challenge the big two in any fashion, however. The market is still in need of regulatory change and the will to address this will be a big factor in shaping the future market.
Mobile subscriber penetration saw a significant fall in 2014/15 due to decline in subscriber growth by all operators, especially DTAC. 3G penetration continues to grow very strongly, with over 90% of subscribers now on 3G networks in 2015.
There have been developments 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. This report presents an overview of the Thai mobile market, including some pertinent statistics. It also includes scenario forecasts for mobile subscribers.
Mobile subscriber penetration saw a significant fall in 2014/15. 3G penetration continues to grow very strongly, with over 90% of subscribers now on 3G networks in 2015. DTAC has a THB14 billion investment in 3G/4G network expansion totalling 6,500 sites nationwide. AIS plans to increase its 3 DTAC plans to implement VoLTE, rolling out commercial voice services over its 4G network. NTT Com has launched a mobile data-only service for corporations in Thailand under a MVNO licence.