Officials from the Ministry of Information and Communication Technology (MICT) have agreed to speed up the installation of broadband Internet to more than 30,000 villages across Thailand.
The MICT has said that installation of fibre optic broadband to the 30,000 villages will be completed by March 2017, 6 months earlier than originally planned.
The roll out forms part of the government’s ambitious plans to create a nationwide broadband network that would see all of Thailand’s 75,000 rural villages have access to affordable high speed Internet, which will offer minimum speeds of 30 Mbps.
Getting more Thai people online is one of the main aims outlined by the government in the proposed Digital Economy.
First announced in February 2015, the development of the Digital Economy will focus on making Thailand a technology based society, with more public services and e-commerce becoming available online.
By it’s completion in 2035, it is hoped that the Digital Economy will be the driving force in Thailand becoming a developed country.
The MICT also announced plans to build 10,000 Wi-Fi hotspots in Thailand’s rural areas in order to further help people connect to the Internet.
In Akamai’s 2015 State of the Internet report, Thailand ranked 45th in the world for broadband speeds, with an average speed of 7.4 Mbps. South Korea was found to have the world’s fastest broadband with average speeds of 23.6Mbps