Thailand - Telecoms Infrastructure, Operators, Regulations - Statistics and Analyses


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. CAT Telecom is set to merge with its sister fixed line operator TOT to create a stronger business.

Penetration in the fixed line market in Thailand has been declining at a significant and increasing rate 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 segment. The market is predicted to further decline over the next five years to 2023 as both mobile and mobile broadband penetration continue to increase.

Digital infrastructure in Thailand can potentially attract investment in IoT which will offer opportunity for IoT solutions to development in various industries.

Thailand 4.0 vision has been developed from a realization that digital technologies can drive socio-economic development and economic growth of countries.

The Thai government lifted its target of creating three smart cities by 2018 to seven by including industrial centres on the eastern seaboard. The Eastern Economic Corridor Development Project will turn the eastern part of Thailand into a special economic zone.

As a part of its Thailand 4.0 initiative the country had set itself the target of creating at least 100 smart cities within its borders over the next two decades.

Key developments:

  • A digital roadmap to achieve its "Thailand 4.0" vision has been developed.
  • The Eastern Economic Corridor Development Project will turn the eastern part of Thailand into a special economic zone.
  • The fixed line market remains underdeveloped and penetration has been declining over the past five years.

Companies covered in this report include:

TOT Corp; CAT Telecom; True Corp; True Move; TT&T; AIS; DTAC; Thaicom, Triple T Broadband; AIS; DTAC;

Table of Contents

  • Key statistics

  • Country overview

    • Background and economy
  • Telecommunications market

    • Market overview and analysis
    • Regional Asian Market Comparison
    • 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
      • TrueOnline
    • Advance Information Services (AIS)
  • Telecommunications infrastructure

    • Fixed Line Subscribers and Market Forecast
    • International infrastructure
      • Overview
      • Submarine cable networks
      • Satellite networks
    • Data Centres
    • Government Developments
      • Thailand’s internet gateway exchanges
  • Smart infrastructure

    • Internet of Things (IoT)
    • Smart cities
    • Smart grids
  • Related reports

List of Tables

  • Table 1– Top Level Country Statistics and Telco Authorities – 2018 (e)
  • Table 2– Key Metrics - Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) - 2018 – 2023
  • Table 3– Historic - True’s fixed-line subscribers – 2004 – 2016
  • Table 4– Fixed Line Subscriptions and Penetration – 2007 – 2018
  • Table 5– Historic - Fixed lines and Penetration – 1995 – 2006

List of Charts

  • Chart 1– Mobile, Mobile Broadband & Fixed Broadband Penetration – 2018; 2023
  • Chart 2– Asian Telecoms Maturity Index by Market Category
  • Chart 3– Asian Telecoms Maturity Index vs GDP per Capita
  • Chart 4– Telecoms Maturity Index – South East Asia
  • Chart 5– Fixed Line Subscriptions and Penetration – 2007 – 2018

List of Exhibits

  • Exhibit 1– Key Market Characteristics by Market Segment
  • Exhibit 2– South East Asia - Key Characteristics of Telecoms Markets by Country
  • Exhibit 3– Major Fixed Line and International Carriers by Market Segment
  • Exhibit 4– Submarine cable networks
  • Exhibit 5– Thaicom’s satellite network
  • Exhibit 6– International internet gateway operators in Thailand

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Last updated 3 Sep 2018
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Analyst: Phil Harpur

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