Thai regulator the NBTC has awarded a satellite licence to start up firm mu space, allowing it to offer satellite-based services until 2032.
The company is the first start up to be awarded such a licence in Thailand. Its Chief Technical Officer Samathorn Teankingkaeo said that mu space planned to differentiate itself by offering affordable services that are easy to install, as well as fast customer support and wide coverage, including in rural communities.
“Rural communities are mostly thinly populated and far from big cities. That’s why only a few companies go there to build telecom infrastructures. To overcome these challenges and provide rural communities with broadband, using a satellite is the best alternative,” said Samathorn.
According to Thailand’s telecom industry database, nearly 12% - 8 million of the country’s population of 68 million - have access to broadband. While there has been progress in recent years, there is a long way to go to fully make broadband accessible to all - particularly in rural communities.
“We want to help improve the quality of life. Through satellite, we can provide invaluable solutions to support the government’s Thailand 4.0 economic policy, and bridge the digital gap between urban and rural areas,” added Samathorn.