Thailand’s telecom regulator pushes for MVNOs – encourage MVNOs to invest in Thailand and promote options for consumers

The Chair of Thailand’s telecom regulator (NBTC), encouraging MVNOs to invest in Thailand and promote options for consumers.

Thailand’s telecom regulator (NBTC) is pushing for MVNOs with full force – encourage MVNOs to invest in Thailand to enable competition and promote more options for Thai consumers in telecom services.

The Chair of Thailand’s telecom regulator (NBTC), Dr. Sarana Boonbaichaiyapruck, was speaking at the MVNOs World Congress 2024 in Brussels, Belgium on the topic “Consumers Options beyond SIMs and Numbers”, and said that Thailand is welcoming – and are ready in terms of telecom, regulation and digital infrastructure to support business operations for all forms of MVNOs to do business in Thailand.

"One Region - One MVNO", 5G and eSIM

The NBTC has announced a policy of “One Region, One MVNO“, where they want to push for the creation of MVNO service providers in every region of Thailand. Meanwhile, the NBTC office has been working diligently to improve related regulations to be more conducive to MVNO business operations.

“The rapid advancement of telecommunications technology, including 5G SA technology, eSIM/iSIM and Cloud Computing, are all good signs for MVNO, on the future of the telecommunications market. This will raise the level of access to telecommunication services in Thailand to be efficient, meet the needs of consumers and bring more competition into the Thai telecommunications market,” said the NBTC Chair.

An MVNA/MVNE and MVNOs ready set up businesses and invest in Thailand

Attending the event is a great opportunity to exchange visions related to telecommunications governance and attracting more business operators to do business in Thailand, which judging from this meeting, there are many companies and entrepreneurs interested in Thailand, and some have already pledged to come and set up businesses and invest in Thailand soon, including a Mobile Virtual Network Aggregator/Enabler MVNA/MVNE and MVNOs businesses.

MVNO A Telecom

Currently, Thailand has a very limited amount of MVNOs, but one of the upcoming MVNOs in Thailand (A Telecom), was also presenting at the MVNO World Congress, where Ativat Asvasirayothin, Founder and CEO of A Telecom shared his insights on the topic “From License to Launch: ‘A’ Telecom’s Path in Thailand’s MVNO Landscape.”

NBTC Chair and the MVNO A Telecom
Chair of the NBTC, Dr. Sarana Boonbaichaiyapruck (Left) and Ativat Asvasirayothin, CEO of A Telecom (Right)

MVNOs can promote important national strategies

The NBTC Chair said that MVNOs will help promote important national strategies very well, including using MVNOs that are designed for special public health services, to promote Thailand as a hub for medical tourism, raising the level of Thai tourism by facilitating international mobile roaming, as well as the promotion of Data Centers in Thailand.

MVNO World Congress is the largest conference related to the MVNO business, having been held over 20 times and attracting both public and private sector personnel from around the world. There will be discussion about new technology related to MVNO as well as creating a stronger MVNO network. This year it was held from 24 – 26 June 2024 in Brussels, Belgium.

Author: Allan Rasmussen
Managing director at Yozzo. Allan is a MVNA/MVNE/MVNO specialist with hands-on experience from more than 60 projects in both competitive and greenfield markets. His expertise includes business case development, execution, launch and growth strategies. Advisor and consultant to mobile network operators, MVNA, MVNE, MVNO, National Regulatory Authorities, Government Agencies, Broadcast Companies, TMT Industry Associations, Innovation and Investment Banks.

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