Thailand - Major Telecom Operators - Historical

Synopsis

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.

There are three major fixed-line operators – one government-owned and two private. Fixed-line services are outnumbered by mobile phone services by a ratio of more than 15 to one. While reasonably good infrastructure has been put in place to support data services, this segment of the market has only recently been experiencing significant growth.

The mobile segment of the market continues its relatively strong growth in a maturing market.

When two new mobile players – TA Orange (later to become True move) and Hutchison CAT – entered the market to challenge the entrenched duopoly of AIS and DTAC, competition became increasingly vigorous. Two other operators, Thai Mobile and CAT Mobile, also entered the market.

The local mobile sector has seen a sustained period of high competition with heavy price-cutting as the battle for market share raged. There was likely to be a push for consolidation, especially as the market gets closer to saturation. The government’s sectoral reform should also have a major impact on the shape and direction of the market.

Key developments:

  • 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.
  • True Corp announced plans for a transformation of its fixed and wireless broadband networks.
  • 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; Triple T Broadband; Jasmine International; AIS; DTAC; Hutchison CAT

Table of Contents

  • 1. Synopsis
  • 2. Operating environment for operators
    • 2.1 Market overview
    • 2.2 Operator statistics
  • 3. Major operators
    • 3.1 Advanced Info Service (AIS)
      • 3.1.1 Overview
      • 3.1.2 Statistics
      • 3.1.3 Historical Financials
      • 3.1.4 Fixed broadband
      • 3.1.5 2G and 3G strategy
      • 3.1.6 Network Expansion
      • 3.1.7 WiFi
    • 3.2 DTAC
      • 3.2.1 Overview
      • 3.2.2 Recent Developments
      • 3.2.3 Statistics
      • 3.2.4 3G strategy
      • 3.2.5 4G strategy
    • 3.3 True Corp
      • 3.3.1 Overview
      • 3.3.2 Business strategy
      • 3.3.3 Fixed-line services
      • 3.3.4 TrueMove
      • 3.3.5 TrueOnline
    • 3.4 Telephone Organization of Thailand Corp (TOT)
      • 3.4.1 Overview
      • 3.4.2 Historical Statistics
      • 3.4.3 Network expansion activity
      • 3.4.4 3G strategy
      • 3.4.5 3G Strategy
      • 3.4.6 4G trials
      • 3.4.7 TOT broadband
    • 3.5 Communications Authority of Thailand (CAT)
      • 3.5.1 Overview
      • 3.5.2 Business strategy
      • 3.5.3 CAT broadband
      • 3.5.4 Statistics
      • 3.5.5 Restructuring of Thai Mobile joint Venture
      • 3.5.6 Proposed 3G network
      • 3.5.7 CAT Telecom mobile
      • 3.5.8 Hutchison CAT
    • 3.6 TT&T
  • 4. Related reports
  • Table 1 – Mobile operators, subscribers, annual change and market share – 2015
  • Table 2 – 3G subscribers by Mobile Operator – 2015
  • Table 3 – AIS: Historical subscribers and market share – 2004; 2007 - 2014
  • Table 4 – AIS: subscribers– 2013 - 2015
  • Table 5 – AIS: 3G subscribers – 2011 - 2015
  • Table 6 – AIS: ARPU (postpaid, prepaid and blended) – 2007 - 2015
  • Table 7 – AIS: number of data users – 2008 - 2014
  • Table 8 – AIS: proportion of revenue from non-voice – 2008 - 2014
  • Table 9 – AIS: capital expenditure – 2008 - 2014
  • Table 10 – DTAC: total mobile subscribers and market share – 2002 - 2015
  • Table 11 – DTAC: 3G subscribers – 2011 - 2015
  • Table 12 – DTAC: Mobile data subscribers – 2011 – 2012: 2014
  • Table 13 – DTAC: ARPU (postpaid, prepaid and blended) – 2008 - 2015
  • Table 14 – True’s fixed-line subscribers – 2004 - 2014
  • Table 15 – True’s fixed line ARPU – 2004 - 2014
  • Table 16 – True’s payphone ARPU – 2004 - 2014
  • Table 17 – True Move: total mobile subscribers and market share – 2004 - 2015
  • Table 18 – True Move: 3G subscribers – 2011 - 2015
  • Table 19 – True Move: ARPU (postpaid, prepaid and blended) – 2007 - 2014
  • Table 20 – TrueOnline’s fixed broadband subscribers – 2001 - 2014
  • Table 21 – Historical - TrueOnline’s fixed internet subscribers – 2003 - 2012
  • Table 22 – TOT’s fixed-line subscribers – 2005 - 2013
  • Table 23 – TOT’s total revenues – 2005 - 2013
  • Table 24 – TOT’s payphones – 2005 - 2013
  • Table 25 – TOT: 3G subscribers – 2012 - 2013
  • Table 26 – TOT’s broadband services – 2007 - 2013
  • Table 27 – TOT’s broadband internet ports in service – 2011
  • Table 28 – Thai Mobile Telecom’s subscriber growth – 2002 - 2009
  • Table 29 – CAT Telecom’s historical subscriber growth – 2006 – 2009; 2012
  • Table 30 – Hutchison CAT: historical subscribers and market share – 2003; 2007 - 2010
  • Table 31 – TT&T’s fixed-line subscribers – 2009 - 2013
  • Table 32 – Triple T Broadband’s subscribers – 2004; 2007 – 2012
  • Exhibit 1 – Major operators by market segment

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Last updated 24 Nov 2015
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