24,700 villages now have access to free high-speed internet service

The Ministry of Digital Economy and Society has completed implementation of its project to install free high-speed internet network in 24,700 villages throughout the country.

Digital Economy and Society Minister Pichit Durongkhawerote made the above announcement as he and his team went to Ban Huatae, Village 8 of Tambon Ban Krang, Phitsanuloke province, on Monday to officiate the launch the Pracharat internet project during mobile cabinet meeting on December 24-26.

Installation of the free high-speed internet network under the Thailand 4.0 policy was undertaken by TOT Public Company.

Of the 24,700 villages already installed with high-speed internet network, 13,468 villages are in the Northeast, 4,416 villages are in the North, 3,097 villages in the South, 2,084 in the central region, 1,554 villages in the eastern region and 81 villages in Bangkok and its peripherals.

Mr Pichit said that the free fast-speed internet service was considered as a New Year’s gift from the government to the people, especially in the countryside who do not have access to the internet.

Besides the internet network, he said that the ministry had a plan to train up to 100,000 community leaders on how to make use of the service so that they could train people in their respective communities in using the service for their benefits.

So far, he disclosed that the ministry had already trained about 1,000 trainers about the basic knowledge of using internet service and O-top products had already been put on sale online.

He went on saying that the ministry would carry on expanding free internet service at schools and local hospitals to bring about online service in education and public health education.