Bangkok’s distinctive nests of tangled cabling draped everywhere might become a thing of the past.
The Metropolitan Electricity Authority has placed a moratorium on new surface installations of data lines and plans to underground all of its power cables in the capital which currently hang, coil and droop from electrical poles.
The authority’s move has sent telecoms scrambling to invest in installing needed fiber optic cables underground.
With the municipal power utility refusing to allow new data lines to be slung through the air, the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission said either city hall or state-owned telecoms will need to spend at least THB10 billion to place underground cable along roadways at a depth of 60 centimeters. Power cabling will be installed two meters deep, according to state media.
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Photo: Michael Coghlin