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E-ready: Thailand's ICT development index improves

Posted: 24 Nov 2014 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

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Another Information and Communications Technology (ICT) powerhouse is on the rise in Asia as Thailand make huge strides, improving its ICT development index to 81 in 2013 from 91 in 2012, a local publication quoted the International Telecommunication Union's latest report.

Based on the country's ICT infrastructure, use and skillsThailand ranked third within the ASEAN region, after Singapore and Malaysia; and should be likely in the tenth place in the Asia Pacific.

A telecom analyst attributed the improved index in part to the country's nationwide 3G network expansion, with the auction of 2.1GHz spectra in 2012, bringing in a total of $1.30 billion in licence payments.

The National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission awarded the licences to incumbent mobile operators Advanced Wireless Network of Advanced Info Services, DTAC TriNet of Total Access Communication and Real Future of True Corp.

The companies have ploughed over $3.12 billion into wireless data networks nationwide. Together, they have as much as 101 million mobile phone subscribers, accounting for 145 per cent market penetration. Thailand records about 180 million calls and 250 million Internet connections via mobile networks on daily basis.

True Corp.'s True Move earlier announced that it is mobilising $124.68 million to kick-off the upcountry phase of its nationwide 4G rollout scheduled in February 2015. The fund will cover the cost of setting up 7,000 additional 4G base stations on the 2,100MHz spectrum. Once completed, the expansion will raise the total number of stations to 9,00020 times as many than the current installations by the second-ranked DTAC. (Read full story here: True Move earmarks $125M for 4G expansion in Thailand)

Meanwhile, Thailand's IT spending will record a double-digit growth in 2015 as companies work at reducing IT costs and driving productivity, Bankok Post quoted a VMware report.

IT investments are driven by the need to ensure business continuity, cut IT costs, and boost information security and data protection, according to Jariyawiroj Chawapol, VMware's chief for Thailand and Indochina.

A huge chunk of the expected investment growth this year will reportedly come from the awareness of the benefits of virtualisation technology among large corporations in the country. The companies see the merit of virtualised or software-defined data centres (SDDCs) in optimising resource utilisation and operational efficiency.

The adoption of virtualisation technology modernises data centres, and provides administrators the power to integrate security seamlessly. An IDC statistics showed that by leveraging a software-defined approach, Thai companies could cut costs by $1.39 billion.

With a growing demand for enterprise data centres, Thailand's IT software market is expected to cross the $94 million threshold this year.

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