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Mobile phone users at 28.29 million, 47% of population


April 17, 2008

Mobile phone users at 28.29 million, 47% of population

As the number of users of computers, the internet and mobile telecom devices in Thailand is on the rise, the use of fixed line phones is declining, according to official statistics.

A recent survey conducted by Thailand's National Statistical Office found users of computers soared up from 15.39 million in 2006 to 16 million in 2007 or 26.8 percent of the total population. Internet users have also picked up from 8 million in 2006 to 9 million in 2007.

The survey, based on information acquired from respondents from age 6, also demonstrates more people are using mobile phones, resulting in a reduction of landline telephone users. The number of people in possession of mobile phones is reported to be as high as 28.29 million or 47 per cent of the total population.

The survey also reveals that the use of landline telephones, at the number of 24.3 per 100 households - are on the decline compared with 24.8 percent in 2006 and 26.8 percent in 2005.

The growing popularity of mobile phone use is said to stem from the more competitive price and more convenience the portable devices have to offer.

According to the National Statistical Office of the Ministry of Information and Communication Technology (ITC), Bangkok has the greatest density of users of both computers and the internet, accounting for 40.2 percent and 29.9 percent, respectively.

The central region runs the second in the number of users of both categories while the northeastern region is reported to least enjoy the popularity of the technologies at 22.9 and 11.9 percent, respectively.

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