Recently I watched the popular stand-up comedy show by Udom "Nose" Taepanich. Khun Nose said: "We, the Thai people, often think we are better off than our neighbours. However, people in Lao PDR have already been using 4G services for a long time. On the other hand, in Thailand, we may have to wait until our next lifetime before such services arrive."
The delay in the process in Thailand's telecommunications development is not a joke. The Institute of Management Development (IMD) in 2012 found that, overall, Thailand came third in Asean (after Singapore and Malaysia) in all of the quality indicators for services _ namely, public transport, air transport, financial services, energy and telecommunications. Thailand came fourth only in telecommunications services after the Philippines, which has lower levels of economic development compared to Thailand.
In my view, the slow progress of Thailand's telecommunications services can be attributed to several factors including the amendment of laws governing spectrum allocation, the dispute over the legal power of the telecoms commission to auction spectrum in the absence of its broadcast counterpart and the legal dispute related to the auction of the 2.1GHz frequency for 3G services.
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