Thai state-owned telco CAT Telecom has announced details of a two-phase project to roll out a fibre-to-the-premises (FTTP) broadband access network for residential and business users in up-and-coming tourist city Pattaya. According to Pattayapeople.com, CAT’s project has an initial budget of THB500 million (USD15.2 million) with a pilot phase to extend direct fibre connections to ‘Beach Road, the Central Pattaya area of Sukhumvit Road, plus Second and Third Roads.’ The second phase will take in ‘all of Pattaya, Jomtien, Banglamung and Nongprue,’ it was announced at a press conference held by the mayor of Pattaya and Khun Jirayoot Rungsrithong, CEO of CAT Telecom. The mayor stated that as the city expands and becomes a major tourist and economic centre, the available telecoms facilities must be developed for both the public and businesses.
As previously reported in CommsUpdate, in July 2009 CAT Telecom’s board approved a THB6 billion (USD177 million) plan to roll out FTTP technology covering major provinces across the country over three years beginning in early 2010, targeting 300,000 high speed service users in an initial phase. CAT plans to collaborate with utility providers to share existing resources including electricity poles to help deliver its fibre last-mile services to customers’ premises.