Gov't promises nationwide broadband

Gov't promises nationwide broadband

MR Pridiyathorn Devakula hopes to bring cheap internet to all villages in Thailand. (Bangkok Post file photo)
MR Pridiyathorn Devakula hopes to bring cheap internet to all villages in Thailand. (Bangkok Post file photo)

The government Thursday vowed to make cheap Internet service accessible to all villages in Thailand within two-and-a-half years as part of its digital-economy strategy.

Speaking at a seminar today, MR Pridiyathorn Devakula, deputy prime minister responsible for economic issues, said the government would try to make Internet access available to the largest numbers of Thai people at low cost.

He said the government aimed to set up a public-private venture to develop broadband infrastructure across the country. Government agencies should convert the value of fibre-optic cable under their ownership into capital for the new venture. The process is expected to take about 18 months.

Another year will be required to lay fibre to all almost 75,000 villages in the country, said MR Pridiyathorn.

He said there would data centres networking all government agencies will be developed within a year.

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