NBTC launches plan to clean up Bangkok’s tangled telecoms cables

NBTC launches plan to clean up Bangkok’s tangled telecoms cables
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Thailand’s National Broadcasting and Telecommunication Commission (NBTC) has reportedly launched a plan to tidy up the infamous urban tangle of telecoms cables hanging all over Bangkok.

According to The Nation, the initiative aims to organise 440.21 km of cables along 151 routes in Bangkok and nearby provinces, and install cables underground in 32 routes covering over 67 km.

The project will be managed by the NBTC, the Metropolitan Electricity Authority (MEA) and the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA), the report said.

Telecoms companies will also participate in the installation, including state-owned National Telecom (NT), AIS (via subsidiary Advanced Wireless Network and its recent acquisition Triple T Broadband), True Corp, Interlink Telecom, United Information Highway and Symphony Communication. Each telecoms provider has been assigned specific routes for the initiative, the report said.

The tangled loops of telecoms cables decorating Bangkok have long been part of the city’s aesthetic, mainly because hanging them overhead is a faster, cheaper method of deploying them. However, they’ve also posed both an inconvenience and a safety hazard to residents. The NBTC said the project is intended to improve safety as well as aesthetics.

The NBTC and MEA will reportedly streamline the process of deploying cables underground, although they will also implement tough new regulations to manage new installations of fibre infrastructure.

The NBTC hopes to complete the project by the end of this year.

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