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Thailand - Telecoms, Mobile, Broadband and Digital Media - Statistics and Analyses

Thailand - Telecoms, Mobile, Broadband and Digital Media - Statistics and Analyses

Thailand sees extraordinary mobile broadband growth

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.

The fixed line market in Thailand remains underdeveloped and penetration has been declining over the past five years. A major reason for this is due to the dominance of the mobile segment and the growth of mobile broadband. The market is predicted to further decline over the next five years to 2022 as both mobile subscriber and mobile broadband penetration continue to increase.

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.

In 2017 Thailands Ministry of Sciences & Technology, Ministry of Digital Economy & Society, and Huawei, jointly developed a digital roadmap to achieve its “Thailand 4.0” vision. The Road Map has been developed from a realization that digital technologies can drive socio-economic development and economic growth of countries.

Thailand’s mobile market is relatively developed compared to other Asian markets and has experienced strong growth over the last five years. Very slow growth is predicted over the next five years to 2022 with annual growth rates further easing. The market will be constrained from higher growth due to a saturated mobile subscriber market and strong local competition.

Thailand has seen a very rapid increase in mobile broadband penetration over the past five years driven by strong growth of 4G mobile subscribers. Slowing growth is predicted over the next five years to 2022 as the market reaches a heightened state of maturity.

The Thailand market is now moving towards 5G. In April 2017, True Corp enlisted Ericsson to oversee what it hopes will be the country’s first 5G trial.

Fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) continues to grow strongly in major metropolitan areas. AIS commercially launched its residential fibre broadband service, ‘AIS Fibre’, offering connection speeds of up to 1Gbps via FTTH.

The Thailand market has witnessed reasonably strong growth in the fixed broadband market over the past few years from a relatively small base. Fixed broadband penetration remains low mainly due to a limited number of fixed lines and the dominance of the mobile platform. Over the next five years to 2022 slower and declining growth is predicted.

The penetration of Internet users in Thailand has grown very strongly over the past five years driven by strong growth in mobile broadband. Slower but still moderate growth is predicted over the next five years to 2022 due to a maturing market.

Key developments:

The fixed line market remains underdeveloped and penetration has been declining over the past five years.

The fixed line market is predicted to further decline over the next five years to 2022.

A digital roadmap to achieve its “Thailand 4.0” vision has been developed.

Thailand’s mobile market has experienced strong growth over the last five years.

The Thailand market is now moving towards 5G.

Thailand has seen a very rapid increase in mobile broadband penetration.

Fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) continues to grow strongly in major metropolitan areas.

Over the next five years to 2022 slower and declining fixed broadband growth is predicted.

Key companies mentioned in this report:

TOT Corp; CAT Telecom; True Corp; True Move; TT&T; AIS; DTAC; Thaicom, Triple T Broadband; AIS; DTAC; Cable Thai (CTH).


  • EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
  • KEY STATISTICS
    • Table Country statistics - 2017 (e)
    • Table Telephone network statistics - 2017 (e)
    • Table Mobile statistics - 2017 (e)
    • Table Internet user statistics - 2017 (e)
    • Table Broadband statistics - 2017 (e)
    • Table National telecommunications authorities
    • COUNTRY OVERVIEW
  • TELECOMMUNICATIONS MARKET
    • MARKET OVERVIEW AND ANALYSIS
      • Table Key Metrics - Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) - 2017 - 2022
    • BACKGROUND
  • REGULATORY ENVIRONMENT
    • HISTORIC OVERVIEW
      • Telecommunications Act 2001
      • Ministry of Information and Communications Technology (MICT)
    • REGULATORY AUTHORITY
      • National Telecommunications Commission (NTC)
      • National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC)
      • Master Plans (including Frequency Allocation Master Plan)
  • FIXED NETWORK OPERATORS
    • INTRODUCTION
    • TOT CORP
    • TRUE CORP
      • Overview
      • Fixed-line services
        • Table Historic - True's fixed-line subscribers - 2004 - 2016
      • TrueOnline
        • Table TrueOnline's Fixed Broadband Subscribers - 2001 – 2017
    • ADVANCE INFORMATION SERVICES (AIS)
  • TELECOMMUNICATIONS INFRASTRUCTURE
    • FIXED LINE SUBSCRIBERS AND MARKET FORECAST
      • Table Fixed Line Subscriptions and Penetration (with Forecast) - 2007 - 2022
      • Table Historic - Fixed lines and Penetration - 1995 - 2011
    • INTERNATIONAL INFRASTRUCTURE
      • Overview
      • Submarine cable networks
      • Satellite networks
    • SPECIFIC IT DEVELOPMENTS (DATA CENTRES, CLOUD COMPUTING)
      • Cloud Computing
      • Data Centres
      • Thailand's internet gateway exchanges
    • SMART INFRASTRUCTURE
      • Smart cities
  • BROADBAND MARKET
    • INTRODUCTION AND STATISTICAL OVERVIEW
      • Market Overview and analysis
      • Fixed Broadband statistics and Forecast
        • Table Fixed Broadband Subscribers (with Forecast) - 2007 - 2022
        • Table Historic - Fixed broadband subscribers and penetration - 2001 - 2011
        • Table Historic - DSL subscribers - 2002 - 2014
        • Table TrueOnline's Fixed Broadband Subscribers - 2001 - 2017
      • Internet Statistics and Forecast
        • Table Internet Users and Penetration (with Forecast) - 2007 - 2022
        • Table Historic - Internet users and penetration - 2007 - 2016
        • Table International internet bandwidth - 2000 - 2017
    • FIXED BROADBAND SERVICE PROVIDERS
      • True Internet Corp
      • AIS / CSL
      • Triple T Broadband
    • FIBRE-TO-THE-PREMISES (FTTP) AND FIBRE-TO-THE-HOME (FTTH)
      • Table Historic- Fibre-based broadband subscribers - 2010 - 2014
    • OTHER FIXED BROADBAND SERVICES
      • WiFi
      • Community Projects
  • DIGITAL MEDIA
    • PAY TV
    • VIDEOSTREAMING / IPTV
      • Overview
      • Major players
    • COMMUNICATIONS: VOIP, MESSAGING, CONFERENCING
      • Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP)
  • DIGITAL ECONOMY
    • THAILAND 4.0 VISION
    • E-GOVERNMENT
      • Smart Nation / Smart Cities
      • Smart Grid Project
    • E-EDUCATION
      • One Tablet Per Child (OTPC) project
    • E-HEALTH
  • MOBILE COMMUNICATIONS
    • MARKET OVERVIEW AND ANALYSIS
      • Table Percentage of Population Covered by Type of Mobile Network
      • Background
    • MOBILE STATISTICS
      • General Statistics and Forecast
        • Table Mobile Subscribers and Penetration (with Forecast) - 2007 – 2022
        • Table Historic - Mobile subscribers, penetration and annual growth - 1999 - 2011
        • Table Historic - Mobile services revenue and ARPU - 1998 - 2016
        • Table Historic - Mobile subscribers - prepaid and postpaid - 2006 - 2013
      • Mobile data
      • Mobile broadband Statistics and Forecast
        • Table Mobile Broadband Subscribers and Penetration (with Forecast) - 2011 - 2022
    • REGULATORY ISSUES
      • National security
      • Spectrum
      • Tariffs
      • Interconnection charges
      • 3G roaming agreements
      • Mobile Number Portability (MNP)
    • MOBILE INFRASTRUCTURE
      • Mobile Technologies
      • 3G and 4G
      • 5G
      • Vo-WiFi
    • MAJOR MOBILE OPERATORS
      • Operators
        • Table Mobile operators and systems
        • Table Mobile subscribers by Mobile Operator and Market Share - 2016 - 2017
      • Advanced Info Service (AIS)
        • Table AIS: Historical subscribers and market share - 2004; 2007 - 2014
        • Table AIS: subscribers (millions) - 2014 - 2017
        • Table AIS: ARPU (postpaid, prepaid and blended) - 2007 - 2017
      • DTAC
        • Table DTAC: total mobile subscribers (millions) - 2002 - 2017
        • Table DTAC: ARPU (postpaid, prepaid and blended) - 2008 - 2017
      • TrueMove
        • Table True Move: total mobile subscribers and market share - 2004 - 2017
        • Table Historic - True Move: ARPU (postpaid, prepaid and blended) - 2007 - 2014
      • Telephone Organization of Thailand Corp (TOT)
        • Table Historic - TOT's fixed-line subscribers - 2005 - 2013
      • Communications Authority of Thailand (CAT)
      • TT&T
      • Jas Mobile
      • MVNOs

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