Thai state-run telco TOT has proposed investing up to THB20 billion (USD640 million) to build a nationwide fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) network with three million user ports within five years, with construction to start in 2014, according to CEO Yongyuth Wattanasin, who indicated that fibre infrastructure expansion would also be aimed at supporting 4G mobile broadband bandwidth demand. As reported by the Bangkok Post, Yongyuth expressed confidence in gaining cabinet approval for the investment this year, while adding that a further proposed THB5 billion is earmarked for submarine fibre cable connectivity projects, involving a new submarine branching unit (SBU) located at Satun province for linkage to multiple worldwide destinations, as well as cable expansion in Songkhla province to provide additional connectivity with international undersea systems in Singapore and Japan.
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