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.
Myanmar Times — The cloud and data centre firm – now moving into the Myanmar Information and Communication Technology (MICT) Park’s Building 17 – is pumping more than US$1 million into the country’s burgeoning information technology market. “In the initial phase we are putting at least $1 million into the project, and then we hope to expand in the years to come, to double the size to support the demand,” said TrueIDC Thailand’s general manager Thanasorn Jaidee.
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.
Consumer-goods company Unilever, in collaboration with Egg Digital of True Digital Content and Media, recently launched free Wi-Fi access in public places, making it easier for internet users to get connected. Entitled “Wi-Fi Play” and launched with the slogan “play anywhere and anytime”, the service has basically turned True’s 100,000 Wi-Fi hotspots around the country into a virtual router.