Pansak hails advent of quasi-state Internet firms

Tech October 04, 2017 12:36

By The Nation

National Broadband Network Co (NBN) and Neutral Gateway and Data Centre Co (NGDC), whose establishment was approved by the Cabinet in June, are in charge of providing and managing cable Internet access and related equipment.

CAT Telecom will oversee NGDC’s investment in an international broadband network and data centre infrastructure. 

NBN, led by state-owned telecoms firm TOT, will develop and operate domestic Internet broadband and fibre-optic networks.

Digital Economy and Society Deputy Minister Pansak Siriratchatapong said the two firms were being established to meet rising demand in the public and private sectors and are slated to be operational by next month.

Playing down concerns from private-sector service providers, Pansak said the two firms would be subject to the same ministry rules and regulations applying to all operators to keep the sector competitive.

But there is still room for growth, he said, citing official estimates that only one-third of Thailand’s 22 million households have access to domestic broadband service. 

Pansak said this represents an opportunity for service providers and an opening for infrastructure provision to a market set to expand on rising demand for innovative products and higher data consumption.