Thailand's cabinet has approved the investment of THB 20 billion over five years by TOT and CAT Telecom on a nationwide broadband network. The network is expected to cover at least 80 percent of the population by 2015 and at least 95 percent by 2020, The Nation reports. ICT minister Chuti Krairiksh said his ministry's national broadband policy also includes linking up 30,000 schools and 15,000 hospitals to the internet by 2015. Another target will see fibre-optic networks deployed offering speeds of at least 100 Mbps in major economic provinces by 2020. Chuti will meet with TOT and CAT shortly, and the companies will sign an agreement to avoid duplicating fibre-optic services in Bangkok.