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Thailands National Broadband Policy
Source: thailand.prd.go.th
Source Date: Tuesday, November 16, 2010
Focus: Electronic and Mobile Government, Internet Governance
Country: Thailand
Created: Nov 23, 2010

Thai people will soon have greater high-speed access to the internet. The Government will invest 20 billion baht in developing a nationwide network for high-speed internet services over the next five years.

The Cabinet, during its meeting on 9 November 2010, acknowledged the national broadband policy, proposed by the Ministry of Information and Communication Technology.

It also approved a proposal for the National Information and Communication Technology Committee to work in an integrated manner with various agencies in mapping out an action plan to translate the national broadband policy into action.

The policy was worked out by a subcommittee on the national broadband policy, chaired by the Minister of Information and Communication Technology. It seeks to support and develop the broadband network, so that the public will have enough services at reasonable prices under free and fair competition. All Thai people in the public and business sectors will be able to make full use of the broadband services. The Government will not monopolize these services but will open up opportunities for private companies with great potential to invest in them.

In the national broadband policy, the Government will promote the establishment of basic telecommunications infrastructure and services at international standards. It will also handle the management of the countrys telecommunications assets with maximum efficiency.

The Government expects to expand the broadband network to cover 80 percent of the Thai population by 2015 and at least 95 percent by 2020. Another objective is to introduce a fiber-optic broadband network with a connection speed of no less than 100 megabits per second in major economic centers in the regions of the country, also by 2020.

Through the broadband network, people will be able to receive services in the fields of education, public health, disaster surveillance and warning, and others. The services will be offered on an equal basis to reduce the digital divide and minimize disparity in terms of access to knowledge and information.

According to the policy, schools at the subdistrict level will be able to have access to quality broadband services by 2015. Moreover, subdistrict hospitals and all health stations will be provided with the broadband services with the same quality as those received by provincial hospitals, also by 2015.

All tambon (subdistrict) administrative organizations will provide the e-government services through the broadband network by 2015. The policy will reduce energy use and global warming, as well. At the same time, it will lead to content and application development beneficial to education, public health, life and property protection, culture and religious affairs, and environmental conservation.

The Government wants this policy to help enhance the competitiveness of the business sector. In order to achieve this aim, it will develop infrastructure and broadband services, as it does other public utilities, which are available across the country.
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