Thailand tells telcos to upgrade data centres for e-government strategy

20 October 2016 | Alan Burkitt-Gray

The government of Thailand wants two telecoms operators, TOT and CAT Telecom, to upgrade their data centres as part of a national data centre project.

TOT and CAT would be given the responsibility of storing sensitive and important data for state agencies, according to Sak Segkhoonthod, president and CEO of Thailand’s Electronic Government Agency (EGA).

The country’s ministry of digital economy and society has asked EGA to submit its proposals for upgrading TOT and CAT’s existing data centres to national data centres by the end of 2016.

Both public and private sector organisations will be able to rent space on the TOT and CAT data centres, said Sak.

Data centres will be expanded in a five-year project starting from 2017, though the number of data centres will be reduced to 200, he added.

According to the Bangkok Post, CAT has 2,000 racks of servers distributed across 500 square metres. Half of them are operated by the newest data centre in Nonthaburi II, which was launched in 2015, said the paper, quoting CAT president Sanpachai Huvanandana.