Thai telcos sign up for NBN plan

Dylan Bushell-Embling
24 Nov 2010
Daily News

Six Thai operators have signed on to a government proposal for a national broadband project, despite complaints from experts that the plan is far too light on details.

State-owned TOT and CAT Telecom and private players AIS, DTAC, True Move and Digital Phone, have jointly signed an MoU to share broadband network resources, the Bangkok Postsaid.

The signing was organized by ICT minister Chuti Krairiksh, the initiative's chief proponent, who has said he wants the MoU to serve as a framework for future co-operation.

Details of each company's participation will be decided by a joint industry panel. TOT and CAT Telecom have both said they will formulate their roles by next month.

The minister also plans to ask state utilities owning fiber networks to sign the same agreement, the Nationreported.

But the lack of details has left industry observers questioning whether the move is a political ploy, sources told the Bangkok Post.

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