Mobile broadband could boost Thai GDP by $23b

eGov Innovation editors
18 May 2015

An effective government broadband policy in Thailand could increase mobile and fixed broadband penetration to 133% by 2020, up from 52% in 2013, which would lead to a cumulative GDP increase of $23 billion, a new study conducted by GSMA reveals.

“Mobile broadband is a critical enabler in achieving the government of Thailand’s strong ambitions to turn the country into a digital economy and boost digital inclusion, as outlined in its Digital Economy Plan,” said Tom Phillips, Chief Regulatory Officer, GSMA.

GSMA noted that the increased access to mobile broadband infrastructure would generate new skilled jobs, strengthen digital inclusion and expedite the goals set out in the government’s Digital Economy Plan.

“Realising the potential of mobile broadband in Thailand hinges on the release of spectrum for 4G, along with policies aimed at promoting a truly competitive, dynamic, investment-led mobile sector,” Phillips added.

The GSMA report, “Building Thailand’s Digital Economy and Society”, developed by Analysys Mason, highlights six key areas where appropriate policy and regulation will be required to ensure that mobile broadband develops successfully in Thailand:

*Provide fair, transparent access to mobile spectrum by transitioning from a concession to a licensing regime;
*Award available spectrum in the 900MHz and 1800MHz bands at the earliest opportunity to expand 3G and 4G mobile services, as the swift adoption of 3G in Thailand indicates there is demand for mobile broadband;

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