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Thailand - Telecoms Infrastructure, Operators, Regulations - Statistics and Analyses

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Thailand - Telecoms Infrastructure, Operators, Regulations - Statistics and Analyses

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 number of fixed lines in Thailand continues to gradually decline driven by and expanding mobile market. Penetration has decreased from 8.85 and 5.69 million lines in 2014 to 7.7% and 5.2 million fixed lines in 2016.

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:

The number of fixed lines in Thailand continues to gradually decline driven by and expanding mobile market.
In March 2016 AIS switched on commercial voice-over-LTE (VoLTE) services across all 77 provinces.
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, Triple T Broadband; Jasmine International; AIS; DTAC; Hutchison CAT

1. Synopsis
2. Key statistics
3. Country overview
3.1 Background and Economy
3.2 Market Overview and Analysis
3.3 Recent developments
4. Regulatory environment
4.1 Historic overview
4.1.1 Telecommunications Act 2001
4.1.2 Ministry of Information and Communications Technology (MICT)
4.2 Regulatory authority
4.2.1 National Telecommunications Commission (NTC)
4.2.2 National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC)
4.2.3 Master Plans (including Frequency Allocation Master Plan)
5. Fixed network operators
5.1 Introduction
5.2 True Corp
5.2.1 Overview
5.2.2 Fixed-line services
5.2.3 TrueOnline
5.3 Advance Information Services (AIS)
6. Telecommunications infrastructure
6.1 The national telecom network
6.2 International infrastructure
6.2.1 Overview
6.2.2 Submarine cable networks
6.2.3 Satellite networks
6.3 Specific IT developments (data centres, cloud computing)
6.3.1 Cloud Computing
6.3.2 Data Centres
6.3.3 Thailand's internet gateway exchanges
7. Smart infrastructure
7.1 Smart cities
8. Related reports
Table 1 Country statistics 2016
Table 2 Telephone network statistics 2016
Table 3 Broadband statistics 2016
Table 4 Mobile statistics 2016
Table 5 National telecommunications authorities
Table 6 True's fixed-line subscribers 2004 - 2016
Table 7 TrueOnline's fixed broadband subscribers 2001 - 2016
Table 8 Fixed lines and teledensity 1995 - 2016
Exhibit 1 Major Fixed Line and International Carriers by Market Segment
Exhibit 2 Submarine cable networks
Exhibit 3 Thaicom's satellite network
Exhibit 4 International internet gateway operators in Thailand

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