This report provides a comprehensive overview of trends and developments in Thailand's telecommunications market. The report analyses the Telecoms Infrastructure, mobile, fixed broadband, Digital Media and Digital Economy sectors.
- Market and industry analyses, trends and developments;
- Regional market comparisons
- Telecoms Maturity Index
- Industry and regulatory issues;
- Major players, revenues, subscribers, ARPU;
- Mobile voice and data markets;
- Broadband (FTTH, DSL);
- Internet of Things, 5G developmentsMobile, broadband and mobile broadband forecasts to 2023
The Thai telecom market is a complex commercial environment, with a mix of state-owned companies and private operators functioning under a wide variety of corporate and regulatory structures and interfaces. CAT Telecom is set to merge with its sister fixed-line operator TOT to create a stronger business.
Penetration in the fixed line market in Thailand has been declining at a significant and increasing rate over the past five years. A major reason for this is due to the dominance of the mobile segment and the growth of the mobile broadband segment. The market is predicted to further decline over the next five years to 2023 as both mobile and mobile broadband penetration continue to increase.
Digital infrastructure in Thailand can potentially attract investment in IoT which will offer an opportunity for IoT solutions to development in various industries. Thailand 4.0 vision has been developed from a realization that digital technologies can drive socio-economic development and economic growth of countries.
The Thai government lifted its target of creating three smart cities by 2018 to seven by including industrial centres on the eastern seaboard. The Eastern Economic Corridor Development Project will turn the eastern part of Thailand into a special economic zone. As a part of its Thailand 4.0 initiative, the country had set itself the target of creating at least 100 smart cities within its borders over the next two decades.
The Thailand market has witnessed reasonably strong growth in the fixed broadband market over the past few years from a relatively small base. Fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) continues to grow strongly in Thailand's major metropolitan areas. However, fixed broadband penetration remains relatively low compared to other developed Asian telco markets due to a limited number of fixed lines and the dominance of the mobile platform. Over the next five years to 2023 strong but gradually declining growth is predicted as the major providers continue to roll out their fibre networks.
Thailand is quickly becoming one of the biggest e-commerce markets in Southeast Asia. By 2022, sales in the market are expected to reach around $6 billion.
During 2018 competition in fixed broadband has been heightened by the incumbents. Sale of convergence packages was adapting well as integrated operators focused on offering higher value bundled products rather than standalone products.
Thailand's mobile market is highly developed and has experienced strong growth over the last six years. However, growth has become much slower over the past few years due to the heightened level of maturity. Very slow growth is predicted over the next five years to 2023 with annual growth rates further easing. The market will be constrained by higher growth due to a saturated mobile subscriber market and strong local competition.
DTAC has partnered with Nokia to deploy what it claims is the country's first commercial TD-LTE network. TOT and DTAC's subsidiary TriNet has also entered the TD-LTE space, signing an agreement to launch a 4G TD-LTE network in the 2300MHz band. The Thailand market is now moving towards 5G. True Corp enlisted Ericsson to the country's first 5G trial.
MNVOs in Thailand are generally struggling to compete with bigger rivals amid highly intense competition.
Thailand has seen a very rapid increase in mobile broadband penetration over the past six years driven by strong growth of 4G mobile subscribers. Slowing growth is predicted over the next five years to 2023 as the market reaches a heightened state of maturity. The mobile broadband market will be driven by increasingly faster speeds offered by the mobile operators as they roll out their 4G and 5G networks and improving tariffs due to strong competition.
- A digital roadmap to achieve its “Thailand 4.0” vision has been developed.
- The Eastern Economic Corridor Development Project will turn the eastern part of Thailand into a special economic zone.
- The fixed-line market remains underdeveloped and penetration has been declining over the past five years.
- Fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) continues to grow strongly in major metropolitan areas.
- Over the next five years to 2023 slower and declining fixed broadband growth is predicted.
- Thailand is quickly becoming one of the biggest e-commerce markets in Southeast Asia.
- MNVOs in Thailand are generally struggling to compete with bigger rivals.
- The Thailand market is now moving towards 5G.
- Thailand has seen a very rapid increase in mobile broadband penetration over the past six years.
1. Key statistics
2. Country overview
2.1 Background and economy
3. Telecommunications market
3.1 Market overview and analysis
3.2 Regional Asian Market Comparison
4. Regulatory environment
4.1 Historic overview
4.1.1 Telecommunications Act 2001
4.1.2 Ministry of Information and Communications Technology (MICT)
4.2 Regulatory authority
4.2.1 National Telecommunications Commission (NTC)
4.2.2 National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC)
4.2.3 Master Plans (including Frequency Allocation Master Plan)
5. Fixed network operators
5.2 TOT Corp
5.3 True Corp
5.4 Advance Information Services (AIS)
6. Telecommunications infrastructure
6.1 Fixed Line Subscribers and Market Forecast
6.2 International infrastructure
6.2.2 Submarine cable networks
6.2.3 Satellite networks
6.3 Data Centres
6.4 Government Developments
6.4.1 Thailand's internet gateway exchanges
6.5 Smart infrastructure
6.5.1 Internet of Things (IoT)
6.5.2 Smart cities
6.5.3 Smart grids
7. Broadband market
7.1 Introduction and statistical overview
7.1.1 Market overview and analysis
7.1.2 Fixed broadband statistics and forecast
7.2 Fixed broadband service providers
7.2.1 True Online True Internet Corp
7.2.2 AIS / CSL
7.2.3 Triple T Broadband
7.3 Fibre-to-the-Premises (FttP) and Fibre-To-The-Home (FttH)
7.4 Other fixed broadband services
7.4.2 Community projects
8. Digital economy
9. Digital media
9.1 Pay TV
9.2 Video streaming / IPTV
9.2.1 Major players
9.3 Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP)
10. Mobile communications
10.1 Market overview and analysis
10.2 Mobile statistics
10.2.1 General statistics and forecast
10.2.2 Mobile broadband statistics and forecast
10.3 Regulatory issues
10.3.1 National security
10.3.4 Interconnection charges
10.3.5 3G roaming agreements
10.3.6 Mobile Number Portability (MNP)
10.3.7 SIM Card Registration
10.4 Mobile infrastructure
10.4.1 Mobile technologies
10.4.2 3G and 4G
10.5 Major mobile operators
10.5.2 Advanced Info Service (AIS)
10.5.5 Telephone Organization of Thailand Corp (TOT)
10.5.6 Communications Authority of Thailand (CAT)
10.5.8 Jas Mobile
List of Tables
Table 1 - Top Level Country Statistics and Telco Authorities - 2018 (e)
Table 2 - Key Metrics - Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) - 2018 - 2023
Table 3 - Historic - True's fixed-line subscribers - 2004 - 2016
Table 4 - Fixed Line Subscriptions and Penetration - 2007 - 2018
Table 5 - Historic - Fixed lines and Penetration - 1995 - 2006
Table 6 - Fixed Broadband Subscribers (with Forecast) - 2007 - 2023
Table 7 - Historic - Fixed broadband subscribers and penetration - 2001 - 2007
Table 8 - Historic - DSL subscribers - 2002 - 2014
Table 9 - Internet Users and Penetration - 2007 - 2018
Table 10 - International internet bandwidth - 2000 - 2018
Table 11 - Lit/Equipped International Bandwidth Capacity - 2014 - 2018
Table 12 - Fixed broadband subscribers by Operator and market share - 2018
Table 13 - TrueOnline's Fixed Broadband Subscribers - 2001 - 2018
Table 14 - AIS Fixed Broadband Subscribers - 2015 - 2018
Table 15 - Historic- Fibre-based broadband subscribers - 2010 - 2014
Table 16 - Percentage of Population Covered by Type of Mobile Network
Table 17- Mobile Subscribers and Penetration (with Forecast) - 2007 - 2023
Table 18 - Historic - Mobile subscribers, penetration and annual growth - 1999 - 2007
Table 19 - Historic - Mobile services revenue and ARPU - 1998 - 2016
Table 20 - Historic - Mobile subscribers - prepaid and postpaid - 2006 - 2013
Table 21 - Mobile Broadband Subscribers and Penetration (with Forecast) - 2011 - 2023
Table 22- Mobile operators and systems
Table 23 - Mobile subscribers by Mobile Operator and Market Share - 2018
Table 24 - Historic - AIS subscribers and market share - 2004; 2007 - 2013
Table 25 - AIS: subscribers (millions) - 2014 - 2018
Table 26 - AIS: ARPU (postpaid, prepaid and blended) - 2007 - 2018
Table 27 - DTAC: mobile subscribers (millions) - 2002 - 2018
Table 28 - DTAC: ARPU (postpaid, prepaid and blended) - 2008 - 2018
Table 29 - True Move: mobile subscribers (millions) - 2004 - 2018
Table 30 - Historic - True Move: ARPU (postpaid, prepaid and blended) - 2007 - 2014
Table 31 - Historic - TOT's fixed-line subscribers - 2005 - 2013
List of Charts
Chart 1 - Mobile, Mobile Broadband & Fixed Broadband Penetration - 2018; 2023
Chart 2 - Asian Telecoms Maturity Index by Market Category
Chart 3 - Asian Telecoms Maturity Index vs GDP per Capita
Chart 4 - Telecoms Maturity Index - South East Asia
Chart 5 - Fixed Line Subscriptions and Penetration - 2007 - 2018
Chart 6 - Fixed Broadband Subscribers (with Forecast) - 2008 - 2023
Chart 7 - Internet Users and Penetration - 2007 - 2018
Chart 8 - Mobile Subscribers and Penetration (with Forecast) - 2008 - 2023
Chart 9 - Mobile Broadband Subscribers and Penetration (with Forecast) - 2009 - 2023
List of Exhibits
Exhibit 1 - Key Market Characteristics by Market Segment
Exhibit 2 - South East Asia - Key Characteristics of Telecoms Markets by Country
Exhibit 3 - Major Fixed Line and International Carriers by Market Segment
Exhibit 4 - Submarine cable networks
Exhibit 5 - Thaicom's satellite network
Exhibit 6 - International internet gateway operators in Thailand