LTE expected to grow four-fold in Thailand by early 2022: Ericsson Mobility Report

LTE expected to grow four-fold in Thailand by early 2022: Ericsson Mobility Report

  • The number of LTE subscriptions continue to grow strongly in Thailand with around 30 million subscriptions expected by end of 2017
  • Between 2016 and 2022, the number of LTE subscriptions is forecasted to grow four-fold
  • LTE uptake is driven by an affordable devices and attractive global and local app ecosystem and the demand for improved user experience and faster networks
  • Extending LTE coverage to IoT has the potential to enable massive IoT city deployments in Thailand to support Thailand’s Digital Nation vision

The latest edition of the Ericsson (NASDAQ: ERIC) Mobility Report, reveals that LTE subscriptions will continue to grow strongly in Thailand, as network performance continues to be the building block of a Digital Nation.

LTE will account for around 60 percent of total mobile subscriptions by 2022. In 2016, LTE subscriptions in Thailand reached close to 20 million, or around 20 percent of total mobile subscriptions, a three-fold increase compared to 2015. LTE subscriptions are expected to almost double between 2016 and  2017 in Thailand.

The demand for improved user experience, as well as an attractive device and local app ecosystem is also driving LTE uptake. Thailand is ranked 3rd in the region when it comes to local or regional smartphone app usage, with financial, mobile service provider, entertainment, lifestyle, live streaming, social and transportation among the popular local or regional apps. Introduction and promotion of new local apps and content are vital to further strengthen mobile broadband uptake in Thailand.

Mobile service providers are faced with commercial and technical pressures to continually enhance their services. As the need for performance increases, so must the rate of network application software upgrades and network optimization. Advanced analytics speed up improvements of network quality and user experience by providing operators with effective tools to not only react adequately to ever increasing consumer expectations of network quality, but also to augment networks in anticipation of rising data demands.

Nadine Allen, Managing Director, Ericsson Thailand said, “Thailand is among the leaders in ICT adoption.  An extended LTE footprint can open the door for network-wide activation of Cat-M1/NB-IoT which can enable connectivity for massive IoT city deployments, with the potential to reach up to 99 percent of IoT devices. By delivering this, the operator community, working in partnership with the Royal Thai Government, will be able to deliver significant benefits to people across the country, as set out in its Digital Thailand vision, as well as huge efficiencies to industry and commerce. While LTE continues to be rolled-out in Thailand, it is important to start planning for the introduction of 5G to ensure that consumers and businesses in the Thailand can realize the full potential of 5G.”

The report, which is available at offers detailed forecast data, analysis and insights on traffic, subscriptions, and consumer behaviour. It covers developed markets with some of the best mobile broadband in the world, as well as several thriving, developing economies which have recently launched LTE deployments that are rapidly improving the quality of their mobile services.

See the full report including the Traffic Exploration Tool to create your own graphs.