The telecom sector is undergoing huge transformation. It is driven by changing consumer behavior and new mobile opportunities, including disruption towards e-commerce, the upcoming mobile auction and the digital economy.
The value of e-commerce in Thailand is projected to increase by no less than 10% annually over the next five years. Authorities are now working on the draft e-commerce tax law and obtaining comments from stakeholders. It is expected that the law may become effective later this year. Based on the second draft of proposed e-commerce law, a foreign e-commerce operator may be required to register for and be subject to VAT.
The National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) previously planned to auction 1800 MHz spectrum during May to June 2018. On the other hand, NBTC proposed to its board to consider suspending a planned auction for the 900 MHz license on 19 January 2018.
ASEAN digital economy will grow to USD200 billion by 2025. In order to facilitate the development of Thailand’s digital economy, there are several digital economy related draft laws: