Govt announces plans for affordable broadband throughout Thailand  

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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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  1. It is certainly needed, but I’ll believe it when I see it. We can’t get any internet at our home except for Air-cards or our phone as a hot spot. It’s unreliable and often very slow.

  2. Public-private partnerships inevitably end up with the government getting ripped off and the customers getting cheated. This is true in every country in the world, including the U.S. Never has a public-private partnership produced a good outcome, but they always enrich the private partner.

  3. Erwin Alber on

    We are 20 minutes by car south of Hua Hin and have TOT WIFI which is captured by a small dish and then transmitted via cable into the house. It works really well and costs us 700 Baht a month for unlimited use.

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