2017 Thailand - Telecoms, Mobile, Broadband and Digital Media - Statistics and Analyses

Publication Overview

This report provides a comprehensive overview of trends and developments in Thailand’s telecommunications market. The report analyses the Telecoms Infrastructure, mobile, fixed broadband, and Digital Economy sectors. Subjects include: 

  • Market and industry analyses, trends and developments;
  • Facts, figures and statistics;
  • Industry and regulatory issues;
  • Infrastructure;
  • Major players, revenues, subscribers, ARPU;
  • Broadband, VoIP
  • Mobile voice and data markets;
  • Broadband (FttH, wireless);
  • Mobile and broadband forecasts to 2022.

Researcher: Phil Harpur
Current publication date:- November 2017 (23rd Edition)

Executive Summary

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 government's plans to invest 10 billion baht towards improving the nation's telecom infrastructure as part of its digital economy strategy. The government aims to double Thailand's internet-connected population to 40 million users by 2018.

In 2017 Thailand's 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).

Table of Contents

  • 1. Key statistics
    • 1.1 Country overview
  • 2. Telecommunications market
    • 2.1 Market Overview and Analysis
    • 2.2 Background
  • 3. Regulatory environment
    • 3.1 Historic overview
      • 3.1.1 Telecommunications Act 2001
      • 3.1.2 Ministry of Information and Communications Technology (MICT)
    • 3.2 Regulatory Authority
      • 3.2.1 National Telecommunications Commission (NTC)
      • 3.2.2 National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC)
      • 3.2.3 Master Plans (including Frequency Allocation Master Plan)
  • 4. Fixed network operators
    • 4.1 Introduction
    • 4.2 TOT Corp
    • 4.3 True Corp
      • 4.3.1 Overview
      • 4.3.2 Fixed-line services
      • 4.3.3 TrueOnline
    • 4.4 Advance Information Services (AIS)
  • 5. Telecommunications infrastructure
    • 5.1 Fixed Line Subscribers and Market Forecast
    • 5.2 International infrastructure
      • 5.2.1 Overview
      • 5.2.2 Submarine cable networks
      • 5.2.3 Satellite networks
    • 5.3 Specific IT developments (data centres, cloud computing)
      • 5.3.1 Cloud Computing
      • 5.3.2 Data Centres
      • 5.3.3 Thailand’s internet gateway exchanges
    • 5.4 Smart infrastructure
      • 5.4.1 Smart cities
  • 6. Broadband market
    • 6.1 Introduction and statistical overview
      • 6.1.1 Market Overview and analysis
      • 6.1.2 Fixed Broadband statistics and Forecast
      • 6.1.3 Internet Statistics and Forecast
    • 6.2 Fixed Broadband Service Providers
      • 6.2.1 True Internet Corp
      • 6.2.2 AIS / CSL
      • 6.2.3 Triple T Broadband
    • 6.3 Fibre-to-the-Premises (FttP) and Fibre-To-The-Home (FttH)
    • 6.4 Other fixed broadband services
      • 6.4.1 WiFi
      • 6.4.2 Community Projects
  • 7. Digital media
    • 7.1 Pay TV
    • 7.2 Videostreaming / IPTV
      • 7.2.1 Overview
      • 7.2.2 Major players
    • 7.3 Communications: VoIP, messaging, conferencing
      • 7.3.1 Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP)
  • 8. Digital economy
    • 8.1 Thailand 4.0 Vision
    • 8.2 e-Government
      • 8.2.1 Smart Nation / Smart Cities
      • 8.2.2 Smart Grid Project
    • 8.3 e-Education
      • 8.3.1 One Tablet Per Child (OTPC) project
    • 8.4 e-Health
  • 9. Mobile communications
    • 9.1 Market Overview and analysis
      • 9.1.1 Background
    • 9.2 Mobile statistics
      • 9.2.1 General Statistics and Forecast
      • 9.2.2 Mobile data
      • 9.2.3 Mobile broadband Statistics and Forecast
    • 9.3 Regulatory issues
      • 9.3.1 National security
      • 9.3.2 Spectrum
      • 9.3.3 Tariffs
      • 9.3.4 Interconnection charges
      • 9.3.5 3G roaming agreements
      • 9.3.6 Mobile Number Portability (MNP)
    • 9.4 Mobile infrastructure
      • 9.4.1 Mobile Technologies
      • 9.4.2 3G and 4G
      • 9.4.3 5G
      • 9.4.4 Vo-WiFi
    • 9.5 Major mobile operators
      • 9.5.1 Operators
      • 9.5.2 Advanced Info Service (AIS)
      • 9.5.3 DTAC
      • 9.5.4 TrueMove
      • 9.5.5 Telephone Organization of Thailand Corp (TOT)
      • 9.5.6 Communications Authority of Thailand (CAT)
      • 9.5.7 TT&T
      • 9.5.8 Jas Mobile
      • 9.5.9 MVNOs
      • Table 1 – Country statistics – 2017 (e)
      • Table 2 – Telephone network statistics – 2017 (e)
      • Table 3 – Mobile statistics – 2017 (e)
      • Table 4 – Internet user statistics – 2017 (e)
      • Table 5 – Broadband statistics – 2017 (e)
      • Table 6 – National telecommunications authorities
      • Table 7 – Key Metrics - Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) - 2017 - 2022
      • Table 8 – Historic - True’s fixed-line subscribers – 2004 - 2016
      • Table 9– TrueOnline’s Fixed Broadband Subscribers – 2001 - 2017
      • Table 10 – Fixed Line Subscriptions and Penetration (with Forecast) – 2007 - 2022
      • Table 11 – Historic - Fixed lines and Penetration – 1995 - 2011
      • Table 12 – Fixed Broadband Subscribers (with Forecast) – 2007 - 2022
      • Table 13 – Historic - Fixed broadband subscribers and penetration – 2001 - 2011
      • Table 14 – Historic - DSL subscribers – 2002 - 2014
      • Table 15 – TrueOnline’s Fixed Broadband Subscribers – 2001 - 2017
      • Table 16 – Internet Users and Penetration (with Forecast) – 2007 - 2022
      • Table 17 – Historic - Internet users and penetration – 2007 - 2016
      • Table 18 – International internet bandwidth – 2000 - 2017
      • Table 19 – Historic- Fibre-based broadband subscribers – 2010 - 2014
      • Table 20 – Percentage of Population Covered by Type of Mobile Network
      • Table 21– Mobile Subscribers and Penetration (with Forecast) – 2007 - 2022
      • Table 22 – Historic - Mobile subscribers, penetration and annual growth – 1999 - 2011
      • Table 23 – Historic - Mobile services revenue and ARPU – 1998 - 2016
      • Table 24 – Historic - Mobile subscribers – prepaid and postpaid – 2006 - 2013
      • Table 25 – Mobile Broadband Subscribers and Penetration (with Forecast) – 2011 - 2022
      • Table 26– Mobile operators and systems
      • Table 27 – Mobile subscribers by Mobile Operator and Market Share – 2016 - 2017
      • Table 28 – AIS: Historical subscribers and market share – 2004; 2007 - 2014
      • Table 30 – AIS: ARPU (postpaid, prepaid and blended) – 2007 - 2017
      • Table 31 – DTAC: total mobile subscribers (millions) – 2002 - 2017
      • Table 32 – DTAC: ARPU (postpaid, prepaid and blended) – 2008 - 2017
      • Table 33 – True Move: total mobile subscribers and market share – 2004 - 2017
      • Table 34 – Historic - True Move: ARPU (postpaid, prepaid and blended) – 2007 - 2014
      • Table 35 – Historic - TOT’s fixed-line subscribers – 2005 - 2013
      • Chart 1 – Fixed Line & Mobile Penetration – 2017; 2022
      • Chart 2 – Fixed Line Subscriptions and Penetration (with Forecast) – 2007 - 2022
      • Chart 3 – Internet, Fixed Broadband & Mobile Broadband Penetration – 2017; 2022
      • Chart 4 – Fixed Broadband Subscribers (with Forecast) - 2007 - 2022
      • Chart 5 – Percentage of Households with Internet Access at Home (with Forecast) - 2007 - 2022
      • Chart 6 – Percentage of Households with a Computer (with Forecast) - 2007 - 2022
      • Chart 7 – Internet Users and Penetration (with Forecast) - 2007 - 2022
      • Chart 8 – Fixed Line & Mobile Penetration – 2017; 2022
      • Chart 9 – Mobile Subscribers and Penetration (with Forecast) – 2007 - 2022
      • Chart 10 – Mobile Broadband Subscribers and Penetration (with Forecast) – 2009 - 2022
      • 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
      • Exhibit 5 – Major mobile operators and foreign shareholders
      • Exhibit 6 – Major Mobile Operators by Market Segment

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