10 ecommerce sites in Thailand you need to sell on right now

ThailandBesides 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.

https://www.techinasia.com/10-ecommerce-sites-thailand-selling/

Open dataset of the week: Thailand ICT use

ThailandThailand 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.

http://www.futuregov.asia/articles/6275-open-dataset-of-the-week-thailand-ict-use

Acer’s Thailand notebook market share hits record

ThailandTAIPEI — 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.

http://www.chinapost.com.tw/business/company-focus/2015/03/12/430886/Acers-Thailand.htm

PrimeTime Entertainment Launches in Thailand, Selects Brightcove’s Zencoder to Power Multi-screen Video and On-demand Content

ThailandBrightcove 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.

http://www.sys-con.com/node/3305383

4G auctions ‘on track’ , from Thailand

ThailandThe 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.

http://www.bangkokpost.com/tech/local-news/484617/4g-auctions-on-track

How Line is turning Instagram into an ecommerce app in Thailand

ThailandLine and Instagram stand out as two of the hottest social apps in Thailand. Line is the dominant messenging platform in the nation, with over 33 million registered users. Messaging with Line has become so quotidien – one entrepreneur told me about how her mother operates several Line groups for her various circles of friends – that the app has emerged as arguably the most trusted channel of interaction outside a physical encounter.

https://www.techinasia.com/line-instagram-ecommerce-thailand/

Microsoft Innovation Center will assist tech start-ups

ThailandMicrosoft 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.

http://www.bangkokpost.com/tech/local-news/478797/microsoft-innovation-center-will-assist-tech-start-ups

Future in the cloud, from Thailand

ThailandIncreasingly 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.

http://www.bangkokpost.com/tech/local-news/464090/future-in-the-cloud

Bangkok, Pattaya hotel Wi-Fi lauded

ThailandBangkok 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.

http://www.bangkokpost.com/tech/local-news/461528/bangkok-pattaya-hotel-wi-fi-lauded

Galaxy Core Prime, from bangkok

ThailandSamsung 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”

http://www.bangkokpost.com/tech/local-news/461135/galaxy-core-prime

In Southeast Asia, Thailand’s WhatsNew thinks it can best Rocket Internet at ecommerce

ThailandThailand’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.

https://www.techinasia.com/thailand-whatsnew-rocket-internet-ecommerce/

Bangkok Bank Deploys @Akamai’s Web Solutions

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.”

http://www.sys-con.com/node/3280605

Japan SMEs see Thailand as route to ASEAN

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.

http://www.chinapost.com.tw/business/asia/thailand/2015/01/19/426812/Japan-SMEs.htm

Local IT spending grows to $3.4bn, from Thailand

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.

http://www.bangkokpost.com/business/news/454111/third-platform-next-phase-of-it-revolution

Line denies government monitoring app messages, from Thailand

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.

http://www.bangkokpost.com/tech/local-news/451727/line-denies-government-monitoring-app-messages

Thailand government listens in on entire country’s 33 million Line users, says ICT minister

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.”

https://www.techinasia.com/thailand-government-listens-entire-countrys-33-million-line-users-itc-minister/

Virtual training for Thai soldiers could reduce military costs, says researcher

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.

http://www.futuregov.asia/articles/5937-virtual-training-for-thai-soldiers-could-reduce-military-costs-says-professor

TCCT, 1-Net sign up UIH for secure data centers

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.

http://enterpriseinnovation.net/article/tcct-1-net-sign-uih-secure-data-centers-774030350

SNSplus seeing success in Thailand gaming market

SNSplus, a Taiwan-based operator of online Web and mobile gaming services, has seen significant achievements in the Thailand market since its entry in 2010, according to the company. SNSplus initially launched an online social game in Thailand in 2010 and has more than 18 million members currently, the company said. In April 2014, SNSplus launched the first smartphone-based mobile game in the Thailand market.

http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20141204PD201.html

WeChat and EasyTaxi team up for taxi bookings in Thailand, Malaysia, and the Philippines

Nearly five months after the initial tie-up in Singapore, today WeChat and EasyTaxi announced that its partnership is rolling out to Thailand, Malaysia, and the Philippines. Starting today, WeChat users in those three countries can flag a taxi inside the messaging app. People can do this by adding EasyTaxi’s official WeChat account inside the chat app (Malaysia: easytaximy; Thailand: EasyTaxiThailand; the Philippines: EasyTaxi_PH).

https://www.techinasia.com/wechat-taxi-booking-with-easytaxi-in-thailand-malaysia-philippines/