Thailand ICT

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Despite advances over the past year, the slow pace of information and communications technology (ICT) development in Thailand could put the economy at a disadvantage against rival ASEAN neighbours, a series of reports have warned.
The sale of nine 3G licences in an auction in mid-October raised Bt41.6bn ($1.35bn) for Thailand’s National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC), heralding the long-awaited introduction of more advanced data services in the telecoms industry. There are concerns, however, that the bandwidth prices were set too late and will not encourage competition among providers.

In line with global trends, sales of smartphones and tablet computers in Thailand have steadily increased in recent years. For smartphones, this growth has come despite limited 3G service availability (see Telecoms overview). Regardless, sales of these devices grew by 200% in 2011, according to market research firm IDC. Moreover, this trend looks...

How is the growth in mobile traffic affecting the requirements for network upgrades?

While still facing a degree of regulatory uncertainty in 2011, the telecoms sector continued to expand rapidly during the course of the year, backed by strong demand for voice and data services. By the close of 2011 voice penetration had reached 15% in fixed-line (9.8m subscribers) and 109% in mobile (73.7m), according to the Ministry of Information...

How is the ministry seeking to accommodate the rapid growth in demand for data services?

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