Thailand wins a rising importance in the international telecommunicatons and Internet market with its geographical advantage and open market strategy.
According to the National Broadcasting and Telecommunication Commission (NBTC), there are now 11 licensed International Internet Gateway (IIG) providers and more than 200 Internet Service Providers (ISP) in Thailand; there are also 280+ telecom service providers in Thailand, more than 60 providers are granted with international telecom services licenses for IPLC, IDD, etc. The market for international connectivity in Thailand is highly competitive, with no single telecoms company controlling a significant amount of the market.
According to NBTC, the international Internet gateway bandwidth in Thailand has been more than 10Tbps as of the end of 2019.
The majority of Thailand international bandwidth rans to either Singapore or Hong Kong via various submarine cable systems. Thailand also connects neighboring countries with cross-border terrestrial cable systems.
There are now 8 international submarine cable systems landing in Thailand:
CAT is the leading operator for international submarine cable sytems in Thailand, being the landing party in Thailand for FEA, SMW3, SMW4, AAG, APG and TIS, owns and operates five submarine cable landing stations including
TOT is the landing party in Thailand for AAE-1 and operates cable landing stations in Satun and Songkhla.
Sympony is a member of the Malaysia-Cambodia-Thailand (MCT) cable system, owns and operates the Maolee Cable Landing Station.
TRUE Corporation has invested in SJC2 cable system which is expected to be completed in 2022.