Heavy spending to continue from govt, finance and telecom sectors
The value of the Thai ICT (information and communication technology) market is expected to grow by 9.8 per cent to US$21 billion (Bt625 billion), from $19.1 billion last year, according to International Data Corporation.
ICT spending will be boosted by both the enterprise and consumer markets. IDC expects heavy investment to continue from the top spending verticals such as financial services, telecoms and government. It will also be fuelled by heavy investment on infrastructure for third-generation cellular networks.
The public sector is expected to continue rolling out initiatives to connect with Government Cloud and the Government Information Network to align with the Smart Thailand Master Plan, said Attaphon Satidkanitkul, research manager and consultant at IDC Thailand. This alone will contribute $12.5 billion to ICT market value, while telecom investment excluding capital expenditure, will be $8.5 billion.
Mobile data service is to lead telecommunication spending in Thailand with growth of 14 per cent. The total market value of mobile data service is expected to be more than $1.7 billion as 3G service becomes available on the 2.1-gigahertz spectrum in the second quarter.
Total telecom spending in Thailand this year is expected to be $8.5 billion, a 4.4-per-cent growth rate. About 53 per cent of that will be on mobile voice service, and 18-20 per cent for mobile data service.
Meanwhile, the personal-computer market is expected to grow by less than 4 per cent, with about 4 million units shipped throughout the year.
IDC expects the growth of the PC market to slow considerably compared with past years, moving towards flat growth in the future.
Of the 4 million units expected to be shipped, desktop computers will account for 1.5 million units and laptops 2.5 million.
Meanwhile, Thailand's smart-phone market will expand by 40 per cent to 7.3 million units. The tablet market will also grow at a similar rate, with total shipments of 3.5 million units. The two main platforms of smart devices are Android and iOS, with Windows Phone and BlackBerry as the other choices.
IDC forecast that the growth of the ICT market in Thailand this year would be largely driven by the four pillars shaping the future of the global ICT world: cloud, mobility, social business, and big data and analytics.
IDC also predicted that Thailand's IT-services market this year would grow by 14.2 per cent to $1.8 billion. The systems-infrastructure market is expected to expand at 11 per cent, with security software experiencing the highest growth.
(Source: The Nation)