Connect with us


TOT Phuket budget slashed by ICT Ministry

Legacy Phuket Gazette



TOT Phuket budget slashed by ICT Ministry | Thaiger

PHUKET: The Phuket office of the Telephone Organization of Thailand (TOT) will not get the 100-million-baht budget it says it needs to carry out its planned network expansion for the island. Instead, it will be lucky if it gets about half that amount, the head of the TOT in Phuket told the Gazette on Monday. Late last year, Phuket’s TOT office requested 100 million baht to increase the number of telephone exchanges on the island from 12 to 37, as part of the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Ministry’s project to make Phuket one of three “ICT pilot provinces”. The expansion was intended to add 19,530 new telephone lines to the existing 40,676 and provide telephone lines to more than 80% of applicants currently on the waiting list. But TOT Phuket head Pairoj Somsri said that a recent meeting with Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Ministry officials in Bangkok had been fruitless, and he now expects to get less than half of the requested amount. “The discussions with representatives from the three ICT provinces [the other two are Khon Kaen and Chiang Mai] on May 13 failed to reach a conclusion. Still, I remain optimistic that we will get 38.8 million baht in 2004 funding to install 19 new telephone exchanges and 8,100 telephone numbers,” he said. He declined to say which parts of the island would get the new exchanges if the funding comes though, citing “competition” in the market. Suporn Chuenpimolchankij, Director of TOT Phuket’s Marketing and Customer Services Center, told the Gazette that meeting the public demand for telephone lines is fundamental if Phuket is to become an ICT leader. “In our opinion, people should have access to basic telephone lines before we can move on to higher technology,” he said.


Want more from the Thaiger family?

📱 Download our app on Android or iOS for instant updates on your mobile
📧 Subscribe to our daily email newsletter
👍 Like/Follow us on Facebook
🔔 Subscribe to or Join our YouTube channel for daily video updates

Leave a comment below or join the discussion on Thaiger Talk Forums.

Click to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Read more headlines, reports & breaking news in Phuket. Or catch up on your Thailand news.

Archiving articles from the Phuket Gazette circa 1998 - 2017. View the Phuket Gazette online archive and Digital Gazette PDF Prints.

Follow Thaiger by email:

Coronavirus (Covid-19)10 hours ago

Vietnam strikes deal to manufacture vaccines, but which brand?

Crime12 hours ago

Motorbike thieves arrested after a million baht of bikes stolen

Tourism15 hours ago

300 tourism businesses given SHA Plus certification in Phuket

Phuket Sandbox July 1st


Thaiger is getting behind local businesses for the restart of tourism in July - up to 50% discounts across all advertising packages in June!

Sponsored by image

Chiang Rai15 hours ago

Police warn child pornography is a serious matter after teacher caught downloading clips

Weather15 hours ago

Tropical storm Koguma brings heavy rain to North, Northeast

Thailand16 hours ago

(Another) poll (also) shows Thais’ lack of confidence in vaccine campaign

Politics17 hours ago

Despite rumours, PM and goverment not planning early election

Thailand17 hours ago

Thai PM not happy with soccer gambling

Coronavirus (Covid-19)18 hours ago

Doctors demand the government be more honest about Covid-19

Songkhla18 hours ago

Songkhla officials investigate pricey street lamps

Crime19 hours ago

Illegal casino operator accused of 4 charges including murder

Thailand19 hours ago

Survey shows lack of confidence in Government’s handling of vaccinations

Thailand20 hours ago

Goverment kind of discloses what the secret budget is spent on

Weather20 hours ago

Penis statue works as village sees rain after erection

Eastern Thailand21 hours ago

Man busted for allegedly possessing over 100 marijuana plants, selling marijuana online

Thailand3 months ago

Thailand News Today | Thai Airways in rehab, All go for Songkran | March 4

Tourism3 months ago

Phuket’s nightlife. Yes, bars and clubs are still open | VIDEO

Phuket3 months ago

Thailand News Today | Covid passport talks, Thai Airways heads to court | March 2

Tourism4 months ago

Phuket Thai food treats you need to try | VIDEO

Thailand4 months ago

Thailand News Today | Bars, pubs and restaurants ‘sort of’ back to normal | Feb 23

Tourism4 months ago

In search of Cat & Dog Cafés in Phuket Town | VIDEO

Thailand5 months ago

Thailand News Today | Gambling crackdown, Seafood market to reopen, Vlogger challenge | Jan 21

Thailand5 months ago

Thailand News Today | Covid testing for visas, Business impact, Vaccine approval | January 19

Thailand5 months ago

Thailand News Today | Weekend Bangkok bombs, Thailand fires, Covid update | January 18

Thailand5 months ago

Thailand News Today | Stray car on runway, Indonesian quake, 300 baht tourist fee | January 15

Thailand5 months ago

Thailand News Today | Governor off respirator, sex-trafficking arrest, condo prices falling | January 14

Thailand5 months ago

Thailand News Today | Chinese vaccine, Thailand ‘drug hub’, Covid update | January 13

Thailand5 months ago

Thailand News Today | Bangkok may ease restrictions, Phuket bar curfew, Vaccine roll out | January 12

Thailand5 months ago

Thailand News Today | Covid latest, Cockfights closed down, Bryde’s Whale beached | January 11

Thailand5 months ago

Thailand News Today | Southern floods, Face mask fines, Thai Air Asia woes | January 8