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
- Data centres and smart Infrastructure
- Major players, revenues, subscribers, ARPU
- Broadband (FTTH, DSL)
- Internet of Things, 5G developments
- Mobile, broadband and mobile broadband forecasts to 2023-2024
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 2024 as both mobile and mobile broadband penetration continue to increase.
There is strong interest to establish Thailand as a data centre hub to serve the region. The size, capacity and spread of existing data centres in the Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) outside of Thailand is small compared with Thailand. Power stability is still a problem there to some extent, while network performance and quality limited due to restricted fibre connectivity. This is restricting customers migrating to colocation or cloud services within data centres.
The Thailand 4.0 vision has been developed from a realization that digital technologies can drive socio-economic development and economic growth of countries.
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 expansion of broadband internet in Thailand in the early stages saw the widespread adoption of Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) services, together with some significantly lesser deployment of the cable modem option, as well as some broadband wireless access. The transition to these other technology platforms had previously been inhibited by the Thai regulatory environment which saw ISPs unwilling to invest heavily in the necessary infrastructure.
Fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) continues to grow strongly in major metropolitan areas. AIS commercially launched its residential fibre broadband service, ‘AIS Fibre', offering connection speeds of up to 1Gbps via FTTH.
The Thailand market has witnessed reasonably strong growth in the fixed broadband market over the past few years from a relatively small base. 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 2024 strong but gradually declining growth is predicted as the major providers continue to roll out their fibre networks.
Thailand's mobile market is highly developed and has experienced strong growth over the last seven 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 2024 with annual growth rates further easing. The market will be constrained from higher growth due to a saturated mobile subscriber market and strong local competition.
Thailand is making good progress towards the launch of 5G services. In late 2018 the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) allowed operators to use the 26GHz spectrum range for the first round of 5G technology.
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 to seven years to 2024. 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.
- The fixed line market remains underdeveloped and penetration has been declining over the past five years.
- There is strong interest to establish Thailand as a data centre hub to serve the region.
- 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 major metropolitan areas.
- Over the next five years to 2024 slower and declining fixed broadband growth is predicted.
- MNVOs in Thailand are generally struggling to compete with bigger rivals.
- The Thailand market is now moving towards 5G.
1 Key statistics
1.1 Country overview
2 Telecommunications market
2.1 Market overview and analysis
2.2 Regional Asian Market Comparison
3 Regulatory environment
3.1 Historic overview
3.2 Regulatory authority
4 Fixed network operators
4.2 TOT Corp
4.3 True Corp
4.4 Advance Information Services (AIS)
5 Telecommunications infrastructure
5.1 Fixed Line Subscribers and Market Forecast
5.2 Government Infrastructure Project
5.3 International infrastructure
5.4 Data Centres
5.5 Smart infrastructure
6 Broadband market
6.1 Introduction and statistical overview
6.2 Fixed broadband service providers
6.3 Fibre-to-the-Premises (FttP) and Fibre-To-The-Home (FttH)
6.4 Other fixed broadband services
7 Digital economy
8 Digital media
8.1 Pay TV
9 Mobile communications
9.1 Market overview and analysis
9.2 Mobile statistics
9.3 Regulatory issues
9.4 Mobile infrastructure
9.5 Major mobile operators
List of Tables
Table 1 Top Level Country Statistics and Telco Authorities 2019 (e)
Table 2 Historic - True's fixed-line subscribers 2004 2016
Table 3 Fixed Line Subscriptions and Penetration 2009 2024
Table 4 Historic - Fixed lines and Penetration 1995 2006
Table 5 Inet - Data Centres
Table 6 TCC Technology- Data Centres
Table 7 Fixed Broadband Subscribers (with Forecast) 2009 2024
Table 8 Historic - Fixed broadband subscribers and penetration 2001 2007
Table 9 Historic - DSL subscribers 2002 2014
Table 10 International internet bandwidth 2008 2018
Table 11 Lit/Equipped International Bandwidth Capacity 2014 2018
Table 12 Fixed broadband subscribers by Operator and market share 2019
Table 13 TrueOnline's Fixed Broadband Subscribers 2008 2019
Table 14 AIS Fixed Broadband Subscribers 2015 2019
Table 15 AIS: Fixed Broadband ARPU 2018 2019
Table 16 Historic- Fibre-based broadband subscribers 2010 2014
Table 17 Percentage of Population Covered by Type of Mobile Network
Table 18 Mobile Subscribers and Penetration (with Forecast) 2009 2024
Table 19 Historic - Mobile subscribers, penetration and annual growth 1999 2007
Table 20 Mobile Broadband Subscribers and Penetration (with Forecast) 2009 2024
Table 21 Mobile operators and systems
Table 22 Mobile subscribers by Mobile Operator and Market Share 2019
Table 23 AIS total revenue and annual change 2014 - 2018
Table 24 Historic AIS subscribers and market share 2004; 2007 2013
Table 25 AIS: subscribers (millions) 2014 - 2019
Table 26 AIS: ARPU (postpaid, prepaid and blended) 2007 2019
Table 27 DTAC: mobile subscribers (millions) 2007 2019
Table 28 DTAC: ARPU (postpaid, prepaid and blended) 2008 2018
Table 29 DTAC total revenue and annual change 2018 - 2019
Table 30 TrueMove total revenue and annual change 2016 - 2018
Table 31 True Move: mobile subscribers (millions) 2008 2019
Table 32 Historic - True Move: ARPU (postpaid, prepaid and blended) 2007 2014
Table 33 Historic - TOT's fixed-line subscribers 2005 2013
List of Charts
Chart 1 Mobile, Mobile Broadband & Fixed Broadband Penetration 2019; 2024
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 2009 2024
Chart 6 Fixed Broadband Subscribers (with Forecast) - 2009 2024
Chart 7 Mobile Subscribers and Penetration (with Forecast) 2009 2024
Chart 8 Mobile Broadband Subscribers and Penetration (with Forecast) 2009 2024
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