The Information and Communication Technology Ministry is drafting a five-year national ICT master plan to upgrade the country's technology sector.
The master plan for 2014-18 is aimed at improving Thailand's ICT ranking by developing a smart ICT infrastructure at both state and private organisations.
ICT Minister Gp Capt Anudith Nakornthap said the draft is expected to be completed in September. It requires approval from related ministries before submission to the cabinet.
He said the ICT Ministry hopes to see Thailand's networked readiness index (NRI) ranking jump to no more than 60th next year on the survey conducted by the World Economic Forum.
Thailand's NRI ranking, which measures a country's ICT competitiveness, was 77th in 2012 and 74th this year.
Gp Capt Anudith said the ministry also hopes the country's e-government ranking will improve from 20th to 15th next year.
Under the draft, he said Thailand hopes to become a smart community with proper use of secured interface channels, comprising a smart network as well as smart government and business.
"Our ultimate goal is to provide a public high-speed broadband network and WiFi services to all communities, especially educational institutions, and healthcare and agricultural segments," he said.
Gp Capt Anudith said smarter government means collaborating across departments and with communities. It also can be defined as the use of innovative policies, business models and technology to address the environment and provide services.
A smart community would help educate people through proper utilisation of ICT, enabling better living standards and greater business competitiveness, he said.
He added the ICT Ministry fully supports TOT and CAT Telecom's new telecom infrastructure sharing service as part of the state enterprises' strategy to stay afloat following the end of their concession revenues this year. On Dec 20, TOT and CAT will not be able to book revenue sharing from concessions on their financial statements according to the 2010 Frequency Allocation Act.
TOT and CAT want to shift to become network service providers, which could accelerate the development of the country's telecom infrastructure.
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