Thailand ICT

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Despite considerable geopolitical volatility, Thailand’s economy remains well diversified, stable and poised for expansion in 2017.

 

In late 2015 two 4G auctions were held in Thailand and three companies, Advanced Info Service (AIS), True and newcomer Jasmine International, were awarded spectrum. With $6.4bn in bids, and an additional player being added to the market, the exercise was seen as a great success. The government will receive a considerable influx of funds, while...

 

The Thai telecoms sector is transforming in a comprehensive way. Auctions were held in late 2015 that will bring new and powerful technology to the market, introduce much-needed competition to the sector and finally end the problematic concession system, which has created uncertainty and may have discouraged some investment. It is not clear...

 

With the introduction of nationwide 4G services following the late 2015 spectrum auctions, the IT sector in Thailand received a significant boost. Improved connectivity is increasing usage and helping the development of electronic products and services. In particular, an e-commerce boom is gaining steam (see analysis). More local app...

 

E-commerce in Thailand is growing rapidly and is set to become a main driver of internet development. To a great extent, 4G is responsible for the transformation, as it will be bringing faster connectivity to a large, nationwide pool of consumers. Estimates place e-commerce spending growth over the next five years at 18.2%. The subsector is...

Chapter | Telecoms & IT from The Report: Thailand 2016

The Thai telecom market is changing quickly. 4G has been introduced and a new player may now be competing, bringing the total number of major operators to four. In the short term, telecoms must pay for their spectrum, and going out they will be developing their networks and building their customer bases. This is sure to be a challenge in terms of fund-raising and profitability, and it seems...

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