Industry Trend Analysis - Broadband Needs Better Served By Mobile Than Satellite - FEB 2018

BMI View: It is difficult to justify satellite broadband in a country wi th rising urbanisation and increasingly reliable fixed infrastructure . Mobile broadband can sufficiently serve the needs of rural customers, and government initiatives to roll out low cost fibre broadband will only continue to gain momentum .

The National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) has granted start-up mu Space a license to operate and provide services via satellite. The company is the first start-up to acquire such a license, and the third company in Thailand after Intouch Holding's satellite subsidiary Thaicom was granted rights in 1991 and VSAT provider Mobile LTE in early 2017. We are bearish on the need for satellite broadband in the country, owing to the adequacy of mobile networks to provide Internet connectivity, and government initiatives to improve fixed infrastructure.

Satellites Not t he Best Way to Provide Broadband

Thai Broadband Demand Will Pick Up
Broadband Penetration of Thailand and Neighbouring Countries
e/f = BMI estimate/forecast. Source: BMI, national sources

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