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TOT signs with 11 telecom operators to put cables underground

Jan 15. 2020
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Eleven telecom operators, members of the Thailand Telecommunications Association, on Wednesday (January 15) signed a memorandum of understanding on an underground cable rental agreement operated by TOT.

ALT Telecom Plc, Advanced Wireless Network Co Ltd, Cable Connect Co Ltd, Dtac TriNet Co Ltd, Interlink Telecom Plc, Symphony Communication Plc, TCC Technology Co Ltd, Triple T Broadband PCL, True Internet Corp Co Ltd, True Move H Universal Communication Co Ltd and United Information Highway Co Ltd inked the deal.

The parties will be able to collaborate on the commercial use of shared infrastructure operated by TOT nationwide.

TOT set the rental fee starting at from Bt9,650 per subduct per kilometre per month, in line with market benchmarks from the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission. One subduct is equivalent to three to four microducts.

The operators are likely to secure a volume discount based on existing and new contracts, as well as contract length. The public will benefit from the lower charges, improving access to connectivity services.

The move is aimed at reducing visual pollution, avoiding duplicate investments and encouraging fair competition. This is line with the government’s vow to beautify cities, putting both electrical and telecommunications poles and lines underground nationwide.

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