Communications policy and administration

CAT, TOT merger to be completed by January 7

The merger of CAT Telecom and TOT will be completed on January 7, 2021, after the Cabinet approved an extension from December 14 specified earlier.The Ministry of Digital Economy and Society (DES) said on Monday morning thatDES minister Buddhipongse Punnakanta had confirmed that the merger ...

The Nation Reporter

Digital Economy Ministry wants CAT-TOT merger to be pushed back by 6 months

A merger between CAT Telecom and TOT is unlikely to be completed by the original deadline of July, Minister of Digital Economy and Society Buddhipongse Punnakanta said, adding that the Cabinet would be asked to approve a 6-month extension of the deadline.“Originally we estimated that ...

The Nation Reporter

5G to improve quality of life: Deputy PM

The adoption of 5G wireless broadband technology will bring social and economic benefit to Thailand, Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwan said on Wednesday (December 18).Prawit was presiding over the event “5G The New BEGINNING to change Thailand’s economic landscape”, co-hosted by Krungthep Turakit newspaper, The ...

The Nation Reporter

NBTC: EEC may get first taste of 5G adoption

The Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC) areas could see 5G rolled out, along with industrial and healthcare zones by next October, says the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC).The EEC is the government’s flagship investment scheme, spanning the eastern provinces of Chon Buri, Rayong and Chachoengsao. ...

Komsan Tortermvasana

Digital Economy and Society Ministry's WiFi demand draws flak

The Digital Economy and Society (DES) Ministry’s demand that all cafes store data passing through their WiFi connections has drawn flak from shop owners, especially small-scale operators, who said the measure would impose a financial burden on them, including server expense.Keep reading ...

Bangkok Post Reporter

5G follies take on new urgency

Despite tremendous efforts by the telecom regulator to press ahead with 5G adoption by next year, achieving the goal may be a tall order considering the slow process of spectrum recall and the lack of a strong push by telecom players,wary as they are that ...

Komsan Tortermvasana

National Telecom targets Q2 2020

The new company formed by the merger of TOT Plc and CAT Telecom is expected to start operating by the second quarter of next year, says the Digital Economy and Society (DE) Ministry.Keep reading ...

Komsan Tortermvasana

Over-the-top tax bid for Asean

Thailand will propose a tax on over-the-top (OTT) service providers to Asean members when the region’s telecom regulators meet in Bangkok next week, says the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC).Keep reading ...

Komsan Tortermvasana

REPORT: Why Article 44 rode to DIGITAL TV’S RESCUE

Serious questions being asked about the handling of telecommunications frequencies hint that there is a deeper context to the decision by seven TV broadcasters to surrender their licences. To many observers, it no longer appears to be a simple matter of businesses abandoning ventures that ...

Piyaporn Wongruang

Bangkok’s vision to use data on traffic and pollution

The large urban sprawl of Bangkok is home to 9 million people and cars. The city is one of ASEAN’s fastest growing and by 2020 it is expected to host another 2 million people. As it expands, urban challenges stress city resources, infrastructure and funding.Dr. ...

Apala Bhattacharya

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