Thailand’s largest operator, AIS, has resurrected plans to launch as a 3G MVNO on state-owned TOT’s network following the cancellation of the country’s 3G auctions last week. The move is seen as another victory for TOT, which, along with another state-owned-firm – CAT Telecom – managed to halt the 3G auction process in the courts
The board of Thai state-run telco TOT has told the country’s mobile market leader AIS to wait four to six months before beginning the proposed data roaming service on the state enterprise’s 2100MHz 3G network to give its contracted MVNOs some marketing leeway.
Thai operator AIS, the country’s largest by subscribers, has set an investment budget, excluding any potential investment in third generation services, for 2010 of about THB11 billion (US$335.3 million), which is on a par with 2009’s amount, according to Dow Jones Newswires.
Thai state-owned telco TOT’s net profit rose by 21.1 percent year-on-year to THB6.047 billion (US$183 million) in the first ten months of 2009, driven by a 45 percent increase in broadband net income in the same period, and despite a 1.2 percent drop in revenue to THB59.07 billion, reports TeleGeography.
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A dispute between two Thai state-owned enterprises over ownership of Thai Mobile appears to have been resolved this week with the news that TOT has agreed to buy out CAT Telecom’s holding for 2.4 billion baht (US$70 million) over five years.
Deployment of 3G services in Thailand has hit another delay after the Thai government reportedly rejected the rollout requests of two potential 3G operators.