Thailand’s deputy prime minister, Mr Pridiyathorn Devakula, has announced plans to make affordable broadband Internet available nationwide within the next two and a half years.
The plans, which form part of the government’s strategy to create a digital economy, would see all of Thailand’s 75,000 villages have access to low cost high speed Internet.
The creation of a national broadband network would see the installation of fibre optic cable across all areas of Thailand, which would be financed and carried out by public/private partnerships and joint ventures between the government and private companies.
Mr Devakula said it would take approximately six months to set up the joint ventures and determine how much the project would cost.
Meanwhile, the Bangkok Post reports that the 4G spectrum auctions are on track and will go ahead as planned, this is despite earlier reports, which suggested there could be further delays in 4G being fully available in Thailand.
Currently 4G is available in a few areas around Thailand, namely in Bangkok and parts of Phuket. A limited service is also being tested in a number of provinces including central Chiang Mai, Ubon Ratchathani and Khon Kaen, as well as in parts of Pattaya and Hua Hin.
Source: The Nation
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