The Government is laying foundations for high-speed internet networks across the country, under the project known as "Pracharat Internet,” which is carried out through the "public-private-people partnership” mechanism.
In his national address on 8 September 2017, Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-o-cha cited internet infrastructure development as an important project in moving toward Thailand 4.0.
He said that the project would enable the people to have easier access to government services and provide them with greater educational and employment opportunities. It was found that about 40,000 villages out of more than 70,000 nationwide did not have high-speed internet services, and they are located in the areas without commercial potential. Among the 40,000 villages, 3,920 had no internet services at all and found it difficult to have access to these services.
The Government, therefore, planned to develop internet technology infrastructure in late 2016. The plan aims to urgently upgrade the high-speed internet services for these villages. The Prime Minister said that he had received an encouraging report from TOT Public Company that about 11,250 villages had been equipped with internet services, and the internet infrastructure project would later cover the remaining villages.
Another project introduced by the Government involves e-commerce digital community. This project, carried out jointly by TOT Public Company and Thailand Post Company, aims to promote online trade and services by local communities in the future.
The Prime Minister explained that, in the next step, the e-market place would be developed, as well as the development of the point of sale and e-logistics, linking with the PromptPay and e-payment systems.
The project would be accelerated, so that local people in remote areas would be able to sell their products directly to consumers and large shops. He said that the online system would serve as a channel for people living in all corners of the country to sell agricultural and OTOP products, as well as their handicrafts and "geographical indication” goods more widely.
On a long-term basis, the Prime Minister said that the Government had worked out the Digital Economy and Society Action Plan, 2017-2021, and a five-year national e-commerce plan, 2017-2021, which would facilitate trade online, as well.