The government’s free WiFi service will cover 80 percent of the country by May next year, according to the Information and Communications Technology Ministry (ICT).
ICT Minister Anudith Nakornthap said the ministry was allocated a new budget of Bt831 million to expand the free WiFi coverage which is currently available at 200,000 spots nationwide.
The service is partly to facilitate first grade students who have been given free tablets for education under the government’s “Smart Thailand” policy, he said.
Anudith said the 200,000 free WiFi spots are provided with cooperation of Thailand’s major mobile phone companies.
The ICT is discussing with the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) to expand the service to 31,334 schools nationwide while full coverage nationwide will need an investment of more than Bt30 billion, he said.
The ICT and Dtac, one of Thailand’s three largest mobile phone companies, on Friday launched a pilot project of Dtac free WiFi at Wat Nam Daeng School in outlying Samut Prakan province where 140 first grade students were given free tablets by the government.
The company will also provide free WiFi at 12 state hospitals in the country, starting next year.