On 30 March 2015, the Thai government approved a data center consolidation plan to create a single national data center, and to hold a 4G auction. This is another step taken by the government to support the digital economy initiative. Ultimately, the government aims to expand access to high-speed Internet to every village in Thailand by the end of 2016, and to every household by the end of 2017. The government plans to issue invitations to private-sector entities to invest in this USD 1.23 billion national data center project. According to the plan, the bidding process will be completed by April 2016, and the national data center will be launched by 2016. The auction for spectrum licenses for 4G wireless broadband service, which was put on hold last year, has been resumed. The auction is set to take place in August 2015. Currently, the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission is drafting the auction rules.
The government also plans to consolidate unused broadband networks, which are owned by many government entities, for efficiency; support digital entrepreneurs; and implement an IT system for improving governmental service.