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Introduction

Thailand’s telecoms market is in a challenging transition phase, with a revised spectrum plan and the rollout of a national broadband plan underway. The NBTC is losing some of its autonomy under recently approved legislation, which could cause delays in decisions.

Highlights

  • The NBTC has drafted a five-year telecoms master plan.
  • The NBTC working panel has approved the use of identified spectrum in the 900MHz band for IoT services.
  • The NBTC board has issued a resolution on OTT services.

Features and Benefits

  • Provides a detailed outline of the regulatory framework for telecoms in Thailand.
  • Offers an overview of spectrum policy, auctions, and licensing.

Key questions answered

  • What remedies are imposed at the retail and wholesale levels for fixed and mobile services in Thailand?
  • What is within the scope of the national broadband plan and universal service obligation in Thailand?

Table of contents

Summary

  • In brief
  • Ovum view

Regulatory framework

  • National regulatory authority
  • Key legislation and regulation
  • Current status of market analysis

Spectrum

  • Spectrum policy
  • Wireless licensing

Wholesale fixed regulation

  • Services subject to regulation
  • Voice interconnection
  • Wholesale access
  • Wholesale broadband services

Wholesale mobile regulation

  • Services subject to regulation
  • Mobile termination charges
  • Roaming obligations
  • MVNO access

Other services subject to regulation

  • The retail market
  • The regulation of bundles
  • Quality of service
  • Advertising of broadband speeds
  • Terminating and switching out of contracts
  • VoIP
  • Regulatory position on OTTs
  • Regulatory position on IoT/M2M
  • Numbering policy
  • Data protection regulation

Universal service

  • Universal service obligation
  • Universal service provider
  • Universal service fund
  • Universal service obligation for broadband

Appendix

  • Methodology
  • Author