Telecom Asia — Thailand’s military cabinet has approved a new frequency act that puts the formerly independent regulator under the control of the new digital economy commission while the selection process now goes through the executive branch. The new National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Act calls for a single seven-member board (down from two five-member boards and one chair, one for broadcasting and one for telecommunications).
Telecom Asia — Thailand’s military junta has overruled the telecoms regulator for the 900-MHz auction, bringing it up one month to May 27, curtailing public debate on and possibly allowing TrueMove in for another chance to claim the entire 900-MHz band. The opening bid will be Jasmine’s winning bid of $2.1 billion (75.65 billion Baht). Jasmine failed to secure payment and defaulted, giving rise to the need for a new auction.
Bangkok Post — Thailand was the second-largest online retail market in Southeast Asia last year after Indonesia thanks to social media, says global management consulting firm Bain & Company. The Boston-based firm said its internal report had shown that Thailand’s potential as an online retail market was among the highest in the region.
Enterprise Innovation — Modernization and digitalization of the Thai agricultural sector is driving growth in IT spending to 7.02 percent, research firm IDC reported. Thai government policies focused on smart farming and enabling technology-led innovation to transform traditional agriculture practices are driving the growth.
Networks Asia — V.T. Garment, a family-owned and operated apparel manufacturer headquartered in Bangkok, has achieved an on-time and in-full delivery rate of 98 percent since implementing Infor CloudSuite Industrial (SyteLine) into its manufacturing IT processes a year ago. In addition, the clothing manufacturer has achieved 97 percent inventory accuracy, reduced materials costs by five percent (nearly 10 million Baht) across purchasing and inventory, and has improved customer order confirmation timings by 30 percent.
Telecom Asia— Telecoms consultancy Yozzo has released a report on Thailand’s telecom market at the end of 2015 in which it highlighted a vibrant, healthy market that is let down by mis-investment by the state. Report author Allan Rasmussen told TelecomAsia that according to the ICT Ministry’s own national statistical office 25 million Thai citizens do not use the internet because they do not know how, 47,000 do not use the internet because of network access issues and 216,000 because they find it too expensive.
Bangkok Post — NTT Communications (Thailand), the local operating unit of the Tokyo-based information and communication technology firm, has added a second data centre facility in Thailand to capitalise on the fast-growing data centre and cloud computing markets. The 1.1-billion-baht data centre is the company’s third-largest in Asean after Singapore and Malaysia.
Telecom Asia — Rumors that Jas Mobile has given up on securing funding for its 900-MHz auction have been given credence by a story in the Bangkok Post that said CEO Pete Bodharamik had given up and wants the regulator to simply seize the auction deposit and be done with it. The story quotes a series of anonymous sources stating that Pete’s father, former Commerce Minister Adisai Bodharamik, wants his son to continue the fight to launch a new mobile service to compliment its fixed-line broadband network.
Blouin News — Cambodia’s growing internet usage is about to get a big boost from China. On Wednesday, Phnom Penh signed a contract with China’s Cambodia Fiber Optic Communication Network for the firm to invest $69.7 million in building and operating high-bandwidth submarine cables and a landing station in the country’s coastal southwestern province.
Bangkok Post — Thailand ranked fifth out of 25 countries in Asia for cyber security risks last year, says Romanian internet security software company Bitdefender. Globally, the country’s exposure to cyberattacks was ranked 11th. The rankings were based on the quantity of malware detected, said Michal Dominik, managing director of Bitdefender for Indochina. India, Indonesia, China and Vietnam were the top four for cybersecurity risks in Asia, respectively.
The States Man — Uber offered its first motorbike taxi service on Wednesday, launching a pilot scheme in Bangkok which could spread across Asia as it takes on chief regional rival Grab Taxi. Motorbikes have long been a popular commuting option in the Thai capital, which faced horrendous traffic jams due to increased car ownership and poor city planning. Ubiquitous motorbike taxi drivers, found at stands across the city wearing bright orange jackets, weave in and out of stalled traffic with both skill and knuckle-whitening speed.
Thailand will have the first Tier IV Gold datacentre, as rated by the Uptime Institute, in Asia in the first quarter of 2017. This will make it the most advanced datacentre in the Asia-Pacific and the largest in Thailand, with capacity for more than 6,000 data server racks. The Uptime Institute’s datacentre tier certification is awarded at four levels, and Tier IV represents a certification for a fault-tolerant site infrastructure.
Telecom Asia — Thai telecom regulator NBTC is reportedly preparing for the possibility of having to conduct a replacement auction round for 900-MHz spectrum, due to rumors one of the winning bidders of last month’s huge auction may be unable to pay.
Channel News Asia — BANGKOK: Thailand’s military government will try to persuade media companies Facebook and Line to comply with court orders to remove content it considers harmful to peace and order, a senior official said Sunday. The junta-appointed NRSA advisory council plans to meet executives from the two companies in the next three months, council member Major General Pisit Paoin told Reuters.
Datacenter Dynamics — TCC Technology (TCCT) in Thailand has entered into a joint venture with Tokyo-based Internet Initiative Japan (IIJ) Inc to deploy cloud infrastructure in Thailand, according to the Bangkok Post. TCCT is a major data center operator in Thailand, while IIJ specializes in cloud and ICT services with strong roots as an ISP in Japan.
Thailand’s technology crime suppression division has issued a draft procurement document for a system to surveil all public Facebook and Twitter accounts against a target list of up to half a million individuals that can be identified through names, keywords or even facial recognition.
Pattaya Mail — Construction has begun on the new $300 million USD (11 billion THB) SUPERNAP Thailand, located in Hemaraj Industrial Estate in Chonburi. SUPERNAP Thailand will be the first Uptime Institute rated Tier IV Gold data center in Asia, as well as the largest data center in the Kingdom. The facility, which is expected to open in the first quarter of 2017, will have capacity for more than 6,000 data server racks.
Nation Multimedia — “The Supernap Thailand data centre is a mirror of Switch Supernap US facilities, which are the first Tier IV Gold carrier-neutral co-location data centres on the planet. “This cutting-edge data centre will meet the global demand for innovation in Asia-Pacific,” Khaled Bichara, chief executive officer of Supernap International, said yesterday.
Telecom Asia — Despite losing out in Thailand’s recent 4G auctions, Telenor has no plans of exiting the Thai market, according to the company’s CEO Sigve Brekke. In an interview with the Bangkok Post, Brekke said Telenor’s Thai unit Dtac remains the company’s most lucrative subsidiary. Dtac contributed 14.4% of Telenor Group’s total revenue in Q315.
T.C.C. Technology, Thailand’s leading data centre service provider under the T.C.C. Group, has entered into a joint venture with Tokyo-based cloud service company Internet Initiative Japan Inc to penetrate the Asia-Pacific cloud computing market. TCCT-IIJ Co, a 60:40 venture between the Thai and Japanese companies, has earmarked 200 million baht to set up the cloud infrastructure.
Telecom Asia — Jasmine, a winner of last week’s marathon 87-hour Thai 900-MHz auction, will build on its fixed line market and existing retail networks to pursue a rapid expansion. The company will target 2 million subscribers in its first year rising to 5 million subscribers and 10% of the $8.3 billion (300-billion baht) mobile and IoT market in three years.
Telecom Asia — After 87 hours of bidding, Jasmine and True emerged victorious in the 4G auction that netted the Thai government a staggering $4.2 billion (151.95 billion baht), with each operator securing a coveted 900-MHz licence. The auction which started at 9 AM on 15 December ended after 199 rounds at a quarter past midnight on 19 December.
Enterprise Innovation — Two mobile applications with potential for creating meaningful social impact won the top prizes in the recently concluded 2nd SingTel Group-Samsung Regional Mobile App Challenge. Socialgiver (Thailand) is a platform that connects consumers, businesses and charities. It offers consumers special rates from businesses that have an excess capacity such as a hotel with extra rooms or restaurants with extra dining spots. OTTO (Australia), an always-listening, voice-controlled mobile app that enables drivers to safely and intuitively manage calls, texts and more without taking their hands off the wheel or their eyes off the road, received the Samsung Innovation Award.
Telecom Asia — After 66 hours and 162 rounds, Thailand’s 900MHz auction stands at a staggering $3.6 billion (130,378 million baht) with no let up in sight. In context, this is almost double the entire amount Temasek paid for Thaksin Shinwatra’s Shin Corporation (owner of AIS) back in 2006 ($1.88 billion or 73 billion baht). Or, put another way, it is already 20.7% of the entire government spending budget of Thailand.
Telecom Asia — At the 6am break at the end of day two of bidding, Thailand’s 900-MHz auction is still going strong with the two 10-MHz licences now at $2.69 billion (96,890 million Baht) after 45 hours and 109 rounds. The bidders now go for their three-hour sleep break before bidding recommences at 9am.
Datacenter Knowledge — The latest data centers to come online as part of the rapid global expansion of data center capacity by the Japanese telecommunications and IT services giant NTT Communications are in Hong Kong and Thailand. The company announced completion of construction projects in both countries this week.
Bangkok Post — Vice President, Carrier Business Department of CAT Telecom Public Company Limited (CAT), Mrs. Ubonpan Chuenchom, joined in a pannel discussion on the topic of ‘Spotlight Focus –Thailand: Maintaining competitive edge in the APAC wholesale carrier market’. She highlighted CAT’s marketing campaign for service providers in Asia and specifically Thailand where IT shifts continuously.
Business Wire — NTT Communications Corporation (NTT Com), the global data and IP services arm of Fortune Global 500 telecom leader NTT, today announced its participation as a Platinum Sponsor at the Capacity Asia 2015 Conference taking place in Bangkok, Thailand, 30 November to 2 December. Capacity Asia is one of the leading events for the wholesale IP service industry in the region.
Channel News Asia — SINGAPORE: IT infrastructure and cloud computing company DeClout has signed a deal to acquire the internet service provider (ISP) assets and business of Pacnet Internet in Singapore and Thailand. In a press release issued on Sunday (Nov 8), SGX Catalist-listed DeClout said it hopes the acquisition will expand its regional reach in South-east Asia and expand the customer base for its information technology and telecommunications products.
Business Wire — SANTA CLARA: Nexenta, the global leader in Open Source-driven Software-Defined Storage (OpenSDS), today announced that leading System Integrator and Cloud Specialist, Asiasoft, will be deploying Nexenta products across the Asia/Pacific region. Asiasoft is a top integrator for enterprise virtual technologies and environments, including VMware and Citrix. Deployments will begin with NexentaStor and expand to include the entire Nexenta product line.