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 Tuesday, 19 January 2016

A Thai state-backed national broadband network enabling affordable internet access is scheduled to be rolled out over the next twelve months, with construction to be jointly handled by the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Ministry and the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC), according to ICT Minister Uttama Savanayana, quoted by the Bangkok Post. According to the minister, ‘All 70,000 villages nationwide will be able to access low-cost broadband internet service at minimum speeds of 30Mbps in the next twelve months.’ Mr Uttama also said he assigned the two state telecom enterprises – TOT and CAT Telecom — to help develop last mile infrastructure for wireless broadband access in rural areas.

Uttama added that cheap broadband internet access at 2,000 community-based ICT centres under the ICT Ministry is currently available, with such village centres to be expanded to 2,300 by this year’s end. The ICT Ministry has a fiscal 2015 budget of THB20 billion (USD550 million) to develop ICT projects and support digital economy policies. ‘The ministry will work closely with the NBTC to promote all ICT-related investment and activities including infrastructure, digital content and ICT-facilitated learning communities,’ the minister said.

NBTC secretary-general Takorn Tantasith said the regulator will take responsibility for providing telecom services in remote areas to narrow the digital divide in compliance with the Frequency Allocation Act, and noted that the watchdog has backed broadband internet network rollout in 7,000 districts nationwide via the NBTC’s universal service obligation (USO) budget. Mr Takorn echoed Mr Uttama in saying: ‘We aim to provide last-mile internet access to 70,000 villages nationwide over the next twelve months.’ The NBTC has allocated a budget of THB20 billion this year for USO funded projects.

Source: TeleGeography.

Tuesday, 19 January 2016 15:29:02 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Friday, 16 March 2012

Mexico's Federal Government has rolled out a programme designed to enable low-income families to purchase computers and subscribe to internet services. The initiative aims to reduce the digital gap and enable Mexicans to use computers and internet services. According to president Felipe Calderon, during the first decade of the century, internet penetration in Mexico tripled from 9 percent of households in 2000 to nearly 30 percent of families in 2010. Mexico currently has over 33 million internet users. The CompuApoyo project is expected to provide over 1.7 million Mexican households with computers and internet connections. During the first stage of the project, the Infonacot credit scheme will be used to enable workers with incomes below five minimum salaries to purchase a computer and contract internet service. Computers will be available for purchase as of next week. The Federal Government will provide direct support of MXN 1,000, while Infonacot will provide complementary loans of up to MXN 3,500. With support from operators, the Federal Government plans to offer a reduced fee of MXN 99 per month for broadband internet access for at least one year. Direct support totaling MXN 300 will also be provided when internet service is contracted.

Source: Telecom Paper.

Friday, 16 March 2012 16:03:44 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     |