Thailand Telecommunications Report

Published 18 August 2015

Quarterly report providing expert analysis, independent forecasts and competitive intelligence on the telecommunications industry.

Report includes: BMI Industry View, Industry SWOT Analysis, BMI Industry Forecast Scenario, Telecommunications Risk Reward Index, Market Overview, Regulatory Environment, Company Profiles and Competitive

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Thailand Telecommunications Report
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BMI View: In 2015, the two major developments in the Thai telecoms industry pertain to the mobile sector, where the SIM registration drive which lasted till August saw a sharp decrease in prepaid subscriptions, although the extent to which operators were affected differed for various reasons. In addition, the 4G spectrum auction scheduled to take place in November 2015 will see operators investing in valuable spectrum which will enable them to expand their LTE networks and range of value-added-services (VAS) without having the state-owned operators taking a cut as per the previous BTO-concession model. However, the lack of regulator independence and the presence of political agenda in telecoms still inhibit the development of the industry.

Operators Will Focus On 3G/4G Networks For Recovery From SIM Registration
Thailand Mobile Market Forecasts
f = BMI forecast. Source: National Sources/BMI

Latest Updates & Industry Developments

  • Total mobile subscriptions fell to 88.31mn in Q215 as a result of the compulsory SIM registration drive which lasted will August. This also resulted in 3G/4G subscriptions as a percentage of total mobile subscriptions to rise to 91%, from 76% a year before, and we forecast total 3G/4G subscriptions to reach 81.65mn by end-2015, rising to 89.59mn by 2019.

  • Despite the focus largely on the mobile sector this year, latest fixed broadband subscription data from the regulator has shown a strong continuous growth in subscribers, to 5.99mn in Q215, representing growth of 11.3%. We believe that this steady increase will continue to reach 6.034mn by end-2015, and 6.45mn by 2019

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BMI Industry View
Operational Risk
Industry Forecast
Table: Telecoms Sector - Historical Data & Forecasts (Thailand 2012-2019)
Industry Risk Reward Ratings
Asia Pacific Risk/ Reward Index - Q4 2015
Outperformers (1-10)
Average-Performers (11-20)
Underperformers (21-28)
Table: Asia Pacific Telecoms Risk/Reward Index - Q415
Market Overview
Mobile Market Trends
Network Developments
Mobile Content
Table: Broadband Market Growth
Table: Thai Broadband Market, Q2 2014
Fixed Line
Regulatory Development
Regulatory Overview
Regulatory Environment
Table: Thailand's Regulatory Bodies And Their Responsibilities
Competitive Landscape
Table: AIS
Table: DTAC
Company Profile
True Corporation
Advanced Info Service (AIS)
Demographic Forecast
Table: Population Headline Indicators (Thailand 1990-2025)
Table: Key Population Ratios (Thailand 1990-2025)
Table: Urban/Rural Population & Life Expectancy (Thailand 1990-2025)
Table: Population By Age Group (Thailand 1990-2025)
Table: Population By Age Group % (Thailand 1990-2025)
Table: Glossary Of Terms
Industry Forecast Methodology
Risk/Reward Index Methodology
Table: Risk/Reward Index Indicators
Table: Weighting Of Indicators

The Thailand Telecommunications Report features BMI Research's independent industry forecasts on the future strength of Thailand's ICT market, covering the fixed-line, mobile and internet segments and analyses latest regulatory developments and corporate news, including investment activity, mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and partnerships. Leading operators and manufacturers are fully profiled, highlighting their quarterly financial performance, capital expenditure plans and latest contracts.

BMI's Thailand Telecommunications Report provides industry professionals and researchers, operators, equipment suppliers and vendors, corporate and financial services analysts and regulatory bodies with independent forecasts and competitive intelligence on the telecoms industry in Thailand.

Key Benefits

  • Benchmark BMI's independent telecoms industry forecasts for Thailand to test other views - a key input for successful budgeting and strategic business planning in the Thai telecoms market.
  • Target business opportunities and risks in Thailand's telecoms sector through our reviews of latest industry trends, regulatory changes and major deals, projects and investments in Thailand.
  • Assess the activities, strategy and market position of your competitors, partners and clients via our Company Profiles (inc. SWOTs, KPIs and latest activity).


BMI Industry View

Summary of BMI’s key industry forecasts and views, covering the ARPU, fixed-line, mobile (including 3G & 4G), internet and broadband markets.

Industry SWOT Analysis

Analysis of the major Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats within the wireline and wireless sectors and within the broader political, economic and business environment.

BMI Industry Forecast Scenario

Historic data series (2010-2013) and forecasts to end-2019 for all key industry indicators, supported by explicit assumptions, plus analysis of key downside risks to the main forecast.

  • Fixed-line Telephony – Telephone lines (‘000); telephone lines/100 inhabitants.
  • Cellular Telephony – Mobile phone subscribers (‘000); mobile phone subscribers/100 inhabitants; and where available, 3G & 4G subscribers (‘000); 3G & 4G subscribers/100 inhabitants; 3G & 4G subscribers as a percentage of overall mobile market.
  • Internet Markets – Internet users (‘000); internet users/100 inhabitants; broadband internet subscribers (‘000); broadband internet subscribers/100 inhabitants.

BMI’s Telecommunications Risk Reward Index

BMI’s Risk Reward Indices provide investors (vendors, operators and suppliers) looking for opportunities in the region with a clear country comparative assessment of a market’s risks and potential rewards. Each of the country markets are scored using a sophisticated model that includes more than 40 industry, economic and demographic data points to provide an Indices of highest to lowest appeal to investors, with each position explained.

Market Data Analysis

Detailed market analysis of the mobile, mobile content, fixed-line and internet segments, broken down into:

  • Market Data – Analysis of market size, operator shares, dominant trends, competitive landscape and key quarterly data.
  • Technology/Service Rollout – Analysis of rollout/adoption of new technology, such as 3G & 4G, WiMAX, IPTV, pay-TV, LTE and valueadded handset services (gaming, music, video, apps etc.).
  • Mobile Content – The latest trends in content and services available and being introduced by mobile operators, including a timeline of all the latest major mobile content developments.
    Company Database – A comprehensive breakdown of KPIs of the leading mobile operators, including subscriber figures by type (pre-paid and post-paid); 3G & 4G subscriber figures; net additions; market share; ARPU; churn rates; minutes of use; voice and non-voice revenue; financial figures (including operating revenues, net profits and EBITDA).

Regulatory Environment

Details of the regulatory bodies and their responsibilities, as well as a special focus on the rules surrounding competition and interconnection. Also covers the latest updates in the market’s development and regulatory rulings.

Company Profiles*

Examines the competitive positioning and short- to medium-term business strategies of key industry players. Strategy is examined within the context of BMI’s industry forecasts, our macroeconomic views and our understanding of the wider competitive landscape to generate Company SWOT analyses. The latest financial and operating statistics and key company developments are also incorporated within the company profiles, enabling a full evaluation of recent company performance and future growth prospects.


The Telecommunications Reports draw on an extensive network of primary sources, such as multilateral organisations, government departments, industry associations, chambers and company reports.

*Company profiles are not available for every country. Those reports instead contain information on the current activities of prominent companies operating in the market.