By 2020, between 70 percent and 80 percent of all mobile phones used in Asia will be smartphones, Analysys Mason predicts. For that reason, Analysys Mason also predicts that about 70 percent to 80 percent of all Thai mobile phone users will use smartphones by 2019, in line with other emerging Asia–Pacific countries.
Thailand also could increase mobile and fixed broadband adoption to 133 percent by 2020, up from 52 per cent in 2013, the GSMA also estimates.
The GSMA study, prepared by Analysys Mason, suggests that goal will be aided if Thailand can increase mobile spectrum in the 900 MHz and 1800 MHz bands.
Thailand also should make available the globally-harmonized 700MHz “Digital Dividend” band.
Other helpful policies would establish a business-friendly environment and a level playing field with state-owned companies through transparent processes.
In part, that requires independence of the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission.