Thailand’s NT submits US$145m expansion plan for approval

Thailand’s NT submits US$145m expansion plan for approval

Thailand’s state telco National Telecom (NT) is reportedly seeking government approval for a 5-billion baht (US$145 million) expansion plan that, among other things, calls for building two new data centres to satisfy cloud demand among state agencies.

According to Thai newspaper The Nation, NT submitted details to the State Enterprise Policy Committee (SEPC) on Monday for an expansion plan it initially revealed last month.

NT’s expansion plan encompasses a wide variety of business development plans, including property development, AI and big data, leasing last-mile fibre ducts to other broadband operators, partnerships to boost broadband sales, machine-to-machine (M2M) communications services, and targeting government agencies with cloud, digital and mobile services, the report said.

Managing director Colonel Sanphachai Huvanandana was quoted as saying the SEPC seems particularly interested in the part of the plan under which NT would build two new data centres in order to offer cloud services to government agencies.

According to the report, NT said it has already picked two locations for the data centres at its offices in Klong Toei and Ngamwongwan, and that several overseas firms have already said they are interested with partnering with NT on the project.

Sanphachai said NT is keen to get started on building them, because its existing data centres in Bang Rak and Nonthaburi will max out on capacity in two years’ time, which is also around how long it will take to build the new ones, the report said.

Sanphachai also said that SEPC finds the data-centre aspect of its plan attractive because government agencies need a cost-effective way to migrate to the cloud.

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