Thailand’s National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) – the authority controlling the country following the recent military coup – has approved an investment framework for participation in three previously announced undersea fibre-optic cable projects to multiply Thailand’s international internet capacity over the next three years:
- ASEAN-Africa-Europe (AAE-1), at an estimated cost of THB1.4 billion (USD44 million);
- South East Asia-Middle East-Western Europe (SEA-ME-WE), THB1.3 billion;
- Southeast Asia-Japan (SJC – Thailand Branch), THB2.27 billion.
A further roughly estimated THB1 billion for related infrastructure for the three cables takes the total estimated cost of the projects to nearly THB6 billion (around USD188 million), according to the authorities’ announcement, quoted in the Bangkok Post. The NCPO said internet capacity would be increased ‘from the existing 900Gbps to 1,800Gbps for the first two projects and up to 3,700Gbps for the third project’, via submarine fibre links to Singapore, Malaysia, Japan and France. State-owned telco TOT is set to be the main implementer of the projects, while funding must be sourced by the Policy Committee for State-owned Enterprises.