Thailand's ranking in communications technology development has improved four places to 78th this year from last year's 82nd place out of a total of 176 countries in the International Telecommunications Union's Measuring the Information Society 2017 report.
Takorn Tantasith, secretary-general of the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC), said Wednesday (Nov 15) that the rankings in the ICT development index were assessed on the basis of three sub-indices which include access sub-index, use sub-index and skills sub-index.
He attributed Thailand's ranking improvement from last year's 82nd place to this year's 78th place to increased number of smartphone and internet wifi users as a result of the expansion of 3G/4G mobile broadband internet services making it easier for the public to have access to the services.
As for next year, Mr Takorn said that once the NBTC's USO project and the Pracharat internet project of the Ministry of Digital for Economy and Society are completed, people in 74,000 villages, including those in isolated areas, throughout the country will have access to mobile phone and high-speed internet services.
On top of that, he added that the NBTC would auction off its 900 MHz and 1800 MHz spectrum which will further improve public access to the services.
Besides infrastructure development to improve public access to mobile phone and internet access, Mr Takorn noted that another challenge of the NBTC is to develop public skills in the use the services.
Through its USO Net centres, he said the NBTC hopes to develop the skills of up to 500,000 people in the use of the services throughout the period of the USO plan.
Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)