400,000 Wi-Fi hotspots to be deployed under private-public project

18 Dec 2012

Under a THB2 billion (USD65 million) project, state and private sector partners plan to install a combined 250,000 Wi-Fi hotspots nationwide next year, and 400,000 by 2015, according to Thai ICT minister Anudith Nakornthap. As reported by the Bangkok Post, the public Wi-Fi project involves private cellcos Advanced Info Service (AIS), Digital Total Access Communication (DTAC) and True Corp (including True Move) alongside state-owned telcos TOT and CAT Telecom in cooperation with the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC). AIS and True have committed to installing 50,000 hotspots each, CAT 30,000 and TOT 22,000, while the responsibility for 98,000 hotspots is shared by DTAC and the NBTC, covering schools, hospitals, tourist attractions, government agencies and transport hubs. The ICT Ministry also plans to spend an additional THB890 million in 2013 to install Wi-Fi in another 30,000 schools nationwide in support of the government’s One Tablet per Child programme.