The Internet of Things heralds a physically interconnected world for consumers and businesses, from Thailand

ThailandBangkok Post — Imagine your smartphone telling your air-con to turn itself on before you get home hot and sweaty. Or to remotely monitor your elderly parents through sensors to ensure their safety.  We are used to the idea that computers and smartphones can be connected. But the Internet of Things (IoT) is one of the newest frontiers in technology that connects everyday objects to the internet and each other through WiFi or similar networks.

http://www.bangkokpost.com/tech/local-news/607140/smart-links

NTT Com cloud service available in Indonesia, Thailand

JapanDeal Street Asia — Tokyo-based NTT Communications Corp, the ICT solutions and international communications business announced that Enterprise Mail, a reasonably priced cloud service for mail and optional functions, is available in Indonesia and Thailand. NTT Com launched its popular Enterprise Mail service in Singapore, Malaysia and Vietnam in July 2014. Built on a platform based in Singapore, it provides stable, low-latency mail services to companies operating in the fast-growing APAC region.

http://www.dealstreetasia.com/stories/ntt-com-cloud-service-available-in-indonesia-thailand-8308/

Thailand’s CAT Telecom Selects Elitecore’s BSS Platform to Enable MVNE Strategy

ThailandElitecore Technologies, a leading global provider of Next-generation BSS and Packet Core solution, announces that Thailand-based CAT Telecom, a leading Tier 1 Telecom Operator and Suvitech a Thailand based IT Solutions and Service Company, has selected Elitecore’s end-to-end pre-integrated BSS stack to enable their Mobile Virtual Network Enabler (MVNE) strategy in Thailand. Under this Public-Private Partnership, Suvitech has been appointed as the single MVNE for CAT Telecom.

http://www.benzinga.com/pressreleases/15/06/p5604811/thailands-cat-telecom-selects-elitecores-bss-platform-to-enable-mvne-st

2C2P and MPU to make electronic bill payments a norm in Myanmar

MyanmarElectronic bill payments may soon become the main form of payment in Myanmar, with the help of easyBills. Developed by 2C2P and the Myanmar Payment Union (MPU), easyBills aims to eliminate the traditional cash-based, over-the-counter method of payment. MPU is the national payment network of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar that authorises the issuance and acceptance of all payment cards within the country. There are almost a million MPU cards in Myanmar, and the number is set to grow rapidly, according to MPU.

http://mis-asia.com/tech/industries/2c2p-and-mpu-to-make-electronic-bill-payments-a-norm-in-myanmar/

As YouTube Thailand celebrates first year, content creators share tips

ThailandIt has been 10 years since YouTube was founded and it is undeniable that it has unleashed a new generation of content creation. And by every measure it is still growing, in viewer numbers, watching time, and video uploads, worldwide and in Thailand. YouTube Thailand marked its first anniversary last Tuesday by organising “YouTube Pulse” to celebrate its success and share some tips from top content creators and brand builders. “Hormones”, a drama of daily life at a Bangkok high school that has become the most talked-about programme on Thai television, was raised as a YouTube case study.

http://www.nationmultimedia.com/technology/As-YouTube-Thailand-celebrates-first-year-content–30261664.html

Delayed underwater cable project resurfaces

ThailandInternet provider Ezecom said it would help build the Kingdom’s first undersea communications cable, a long-delayed project that was originally announced in 2013 and slated for completion at the end of last year. The construction of the Malaysia-Cambodia-Thailand cable will “bring faster, more affordable broadband to the people of Cambodia and connect the country to the rest of the world like never before”, a company statement released yesterday reads. The contract is to be signed through Ezecom-owned group Telcotech with Telkom Malaysia and Thailand’s Symphony Communication on Monday.

http://www.phnompenhpost.com/business/delayed-underwater-cable-project-resurfaces

Huawei unit to build 3-nation undersea cable

China.gifCHINA’S Huawei Marine Networks, a global submarine network provider, said yesterday that it won a bid to build the Malaysia-Cambodia-Thailand (MCT) undersea cable system. Telekom Malaysia Berhad, Cambodia’s Telcotech and Symphony Communication of Thailand are the members of the consortium. Spanning around 1,300 kilometers, the MCT cable system will connect Cherating in Malaysia and Rayong in Thailand with a branching unit connecting from the main trunk into Sihanoukville in Cambodia, Huawei said in a statement.

http://www.shanghaidaily.com/business/it/Huawei-unit-to-build-3nation-undersea-cable/shdaily.shtml

Telekom Malaysia in Cambodia-Malaysia-Thailand cable pact

MalaysiaTELEKOM Malaysia Bhd (TM) said it has signed an agreement with Symphony Communication of Thailand and Telcotech of Cambodia to form a consortium to build a Malaysia-Cambodia-Thailand (MCT) submarine cable system. The cable system will adopt 100 Gigabits per second (Gbps) upgradable technology with a design capacity of at least 30 terabits per second. The system is expected to be ready for commercial traffic by the end of 2016, TM said in a statement.

http://www.digitalnewsasia.com/digital-economy/telekom-malaysia-in-cambodia-malaysia-thailand-cable-pact

Huawei wins bid for SE Asia undersea communications cable

APACChina’s Huawei Marine Networks, a global submarine network provider, said on Monday that it won a bid to build the Malaysia-Cambodia-Thailand (MCT) undersea cable system. Telekom Malaysia Berhad, Cambodia’s Telcotech and Symphony Communication of Thailand are the members of the consortium. Spanning approximately 1,300 km, the MCT cable system will provide connectivity between Cherating in Malaysia and Rayong in Thailand with a branching unit connecting from the main trunk into Sihanoukville in Cambodia, Huawei said in a statement, adding that access to neighboring counties such as Laos and Myanmar will be achieved through further connection to terrestrial based networks.

http://www.wantchinatimes.com/news-subclass-cnt.aspx?cid=1204&MainCatID=12&id=20150526000120

Line offers music streaming, from Thailand

ThailandMessaging app company Line Corporation, backed by entertainment firm RS Plc, has announced the launch of Line music streaming service in Thailand to cash in on the burgeoning online music market in the smartphone era. The development is part of Line’s strategy to expand from being a top messaging app into an entertainment and services platform.

http://www.bangkokpost.com/tech/local-news/569463/line-offers-music-streaming

4G smartphones enjoy sharp sales spurt

ThailandFourth generation (4G) smartphones are gaining a foothold in Thailand’s mobile handset market, as evidenced by a strong increase in unit sales in the first quarter. 4G mobile phones accounted for a 17% market share of the total 4.3 million units of first-quarter handset sales, said Prisana Ratanasuwanasri, senior vice-president for postpaid operations at Total Access…

http://www.bangkokpost.com/tech/local-news/568071/4g-smartphones-enjoy-sharp-sales-spurt

Failure to communicate, from Thailand

ThailandThailand 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.

http://www.bangkokpost.com/tech/local-news/512271/failure-to-communicate

Thai games studio Sinoze raises $750k from InVent, VC arm of Thailand’s largest telco

ThailandSinoze 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.

https://www.techinasia.com/thai-games-studio-sinoze-intouch-invent/

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