Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Thailand - Telcos have signed an MoU with the Ministry to support a national broadband policy

[wirelessfederation] Thailand’s six major telecom operators have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to support the country’s national broadband policy which aims to extend broadband coverage and accessibility nationwide.

Information and Communication Technology Minister Chuti Krairiksh has confirmed the report.

The six firms include two state-owned operators–TOT PCL and CAT Telecom PCL–and four private companies comprising Advanced Info Services PCL, Total Access Communication PCL, Digital Phone Ltd., and True Move, a mobile phone unit of True Corp. PCL.

As per the agreement, the companies will seek ways to promote infrastructure and network sharing as well as fair network management and network usage fees.

According to the national broadband policy approved by the Cabinet earlier this month, the government intends to boost broadband coverage to 80% of the population by 2015 and to 95% by 2020. It also aims to provide broadband Internet access at a speed of no less than 100 megabits per second in economically important provinces by 2020.

Thai telecom companies sign deal to support national broadband plan

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