Thailand issues funds for free public WiFi

Don Sambandaraksa
telecomasia.net
Thailand’s regulator has released $32 million (950 million baht) of its USO funds to the ICT Ministry for its ambitious free public Wi-Fi project.
 
The project aims to have 40,000 hotspots rolled out in 2013, and 250,000 in operation within five years.
 
Elsewhere, the state power companies of Thailand and Laos, the electricity generating authority of Thailand international (EGATi) and Electricite du Laos (EDL), have announced a four-point cooperation framework which includes joint investment in a fiber network.
 
The deal also covers investments in power plants, transmission and maintenance.
 
Details of the fiber network were scant with the bulk of the announcement focused on the power plant investment. Neither company responded to requests for more information.

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