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

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