Thailand is in dire need of fourth-generation (4G) wireless broadband service. Consider the following statistics. Internet use in Thailand rose at the highest rate in the world last year, climbing 34 ranks in the latest global study conducted by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU). Although Thailand started using 3G mobile services later than most countries, the conversion rate from 2G to 3G was the fastest in the world, with more than 2.85 million 2G subscribers switching to 3G in less than five months after commercial service began.
Sinoze is most well known for mobile music game Thapster, which features Thai and international artists and has, it claims, about a million monthly active users. Today the company announced it has raised a US$750,000 round from InVent, the venture capitalist arm of Thailand’s largest telco Intouch. The funding will go towards international expansion through its second title Electhap, a music game aimed at the international market.
Besides the big players like Lazada and Tarad, ever wonder which are the top 10 ecommerce sites in Thailand? We pulled the data and came up with a list. The sites have to be located in and operating from Thailand and ranking is based on estimated desktop visits in January 2015 measured by SimilarWeb. Not included are service sites such as ticket and hotel reservations, communities, classifieds, forums, and global ecommerce platforms such as Amazon or Ebay.
Thailand is getting ready for a new digital economy, looking to provide more citizens with internet access and online services. This week FutureGov is featuring open data from data.go.th, the country’s open data portal, showing ICT use by Thai households and how many people are using the internet.
TAIPEI — Taiwan’s Acer Inc. (宏碁) achieved a record-high notebook market share of 34.8 percent in Thailand in the fourth quarter of 2014, the company said Wednesday, citing data from research firm IDC. Acer’s record-high share also marks “a new chapter for the brand’s continuous market leadership for over a decade” in Thailand, the New Taipei-based company said in a statement that did not disclose the market shares of other vendors or the overall market volume during the quarter.
Brightcove Inc. (NASDAQ: BCOV), a leading global provider of cloud services for video, today announced that PrimeTime Entertainment, Thailand’s newest on-demand streaming service, has partnered with Brightcove to power transcoding for its over-the-top (OTT) entertainment channel. With Brightcove’s Zencoder cloud-based encoding service, PrimeTime is able to rapidly deliver high-quality video on-demand (VOD) content to satisfy audiences across platforms and devices.
The government insists the fourth-generation (4G) spectrum auctions will take place before September in order to accelerate development of Thailand’s digital economy. This is despite the national telecom regulator insisting it will be December at the earliest. “It will definitely occur before September. Postponement is not necessary,” Deputy Prime Minister MR Pridiyathorn Devakula told a seminar entitled “SME Development and the Digital-Driven Economy” hosted by Post Today newspaper in Bangkok Thursday.
Microsoft Corporation, the world’s largest software maker, has joined with the National Science and Technology Development Agency (NSTDA) to open an innovation centre for tech business start-up entrepreneurs under the government’s digital economy policy. “Building up new-tech start-up firms that create innovative products and services is a critical factor for Thais,” NSTDA president Thaweesak Koanantakoolsaid yesterday.
Increasingly intense competition will force changes in the way companies grow their businesses, with old ways of doing business no longer effective. Adopting new, advanced digital technologies has been proven to improve productivity and product quality, reduce production costs and energy consumption, modernise internal operational processes and ncrease equipment utilisation.ncrease equipment utilisation.
Bangkok and Pattaya have been ranked among the world’s top 50 cities for Wi-Fi quality in hotels, according to Hotel Wi-Fi Test, a website allowing users to test speed of wireless-Internet service at their resorts. Bangkok ranks 22nd and Pattaya 45th, better than Paris, which ranked 46th. Services tested include both free and paid providers. According to the report, good Wi-Fi quality constitutes downloads speed of at least three megabits per second, the speed required for standard-definition video streaming recommended by US-based movie-rental service Netflix.
Samsung Galaxy Core Prime comes with a 2MP front-facing camera for a dramatic definition improvement in selfies and a 5MP autofocus camera with LED flash on the back. With a dual-SIM standby capability, it uses a 4.5-inch WVGA display for a superb viewing experience. It is powered by a 1.2GHz Quad Core CPU and the OS is Android 4.4 KitKat, and packed with functions designed for a “Connected” lifestyle, including the reputable “Ultra Power Saving Mode”
Thailand’s rising ecommerce conglomerate WhatsNew Group has today announced the acquisition of one of Thailand’s top online lifestyle stores, MOXY, for an undisclosed sum. It will be Ardent Capital-backed WhatsNew’s fifth ecommerce store, joining its other holding companies Petloft, Venbi, Sanoga, and Lafema. The acquisition will essentially “add a leading lifestyle vertical and expand its [Whatsnew] product selection beyond commodities,” according to a statement.
Akamai Technologies has announced that Bangkok Bank is using Akamai’s Web Performance Solutions to deliver high quality user experiences for its growing customer base across all geographies.mIan Guy Gillard, Executive Vice President, Bangkok Bank Public Company Limited, said, “Akamai’s ability to provide a fast, secure and quality web experience has directly supported our plans to expand our business internationally, ensuring we provide all our customers with seamless and secure access to our banking services wherever they are.”
The Nation/Asia News Network–Japanese small and medium-sized enterprises in various manufacturing and service sectors are looking at using Thailand as a base for expansion into other ASEAN markets. Industry Minister Chakramon Phasukavanich said that under Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s policy to help SMEs invest overseas, many companies wanted to expand into Thailand because of the two countries’ close relations and their view that Thailand is a center for ASEAN linkage.
Given an information-rich, hyper-connected culture, the growing adoption of cloud computing and increasingly intense competition, local IT spending is set to see a strong recovery in 2015, said Michael Araneta, IDC Thailand’s country manager. The IT industry is in the midst of a massive structural shift towards what the industry calls the third platform — the next-generation computing platform characterised by a proliferation of always-connected smart mobile devices, coupled with the widespread use of social networking, layered over a cloud-based server infrastructure supporting important new workloads such as big data analytics.
The parent company of the Line mobile-chat application Tuesday denied press reports that government is monitoring messages sent through the service in Thailand. “No monitoring by the Thailand government has been conducted,” Nam Ji Woong, a spokesman for South Korea-based Naver Corp., which owns Line Corp., said by e-mail today. “Line considers consumers’ privacy as a top priority.” The government was monitoring more than 40 million messages sent via Line each day, Khaosod reported, citing Pornchai Rujiprapa, Thailand’s minister of information, communication, and technology.
ICT Minister Pornchai Rujiprapa at a press conference yesterday said Thai authorities “can monitor all of the nearly 40 million Line messages sent by people in Thailand each day,” according to The Nation. The minister said citizens can lodge complaints with police if they receive messages that “offend the monarchy and threaten national security.”
The Thai government’s use of virtual simulations and gamification to train the military can reduce training costs, Professor Peter Haddawy, Instructor, Department of Computer Science, Mahidol University claimed. Thailand’s military research agency, Defence Technology Institute, has signed an agreement with the University to develop virtual environments to train military forces.
TCC Technology of Thailand and 1-Net of Singapore have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with United Information Highway UIH) to enable stable connectivity via UIH’s secured network. TCCT and 1-Net will combine their marketing activities to resale each other’s data center via UIH’s high-speed fiber network and core nodes to connect between Bangkok and Singapore gateways, providing international voice, data, and other telecommunication services.