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ICT Ministry considering state-owned satellite

Published October 1, 2016 by SoClaimon

ศาสตร์เกษตรดินปุ๋ย : ขอบคุณแหล่งข้อมูล : หนังสือพิมพ์ The Nation


THE INFORMATION and Communications Technology Ministry has hired Thammasat University Research and Consultancy Institute (TU-RAC) to conduct a feasibility study to develop a state-owned communications satellite.

The move is part of the government’s plan to utilise communications technology to support economic and social development and to enable people to get quick access to state information.

The government also wants to have its own communications satellite to cater to the rising usage of satellites for communications, instead of relying mainly on Thaicom satellites.

The country’s sole satellite operator, Thaicom, has allocated six and a half transponders of its broadcasting satellites for state agencies on a rental basis and another transponder for their use free of charge. The state agencies also use a combined two gigabytes per second (gbps) of data bandwidth for Thaicom’s iPSTAR broadband satellite.

As one part of the TU-RAC study, the total satellite usage by the state agencies is expected to grow between 3 per cent to 5 per cent annually, taking in 14 transponders and utilising four gpbs in next five years. These figures indicate that the agencies’ demand for satellite services in the next five years will be the equivalent of only half the normal 24-transponder satellite.

The cost of satellite usage by state agencies is projected to reach Bt4.296 billion per year in 2021 and Bt5.788 billion per year in 2026, up from the current Bt1.76 billion per year. Of the Bt1.76 billion, Bt297 million per year is the cost of using 6.5 satellite transponders, while Bt680 million is for using two gbps bandwidth, and Bt783 million per year is for broadcasting.

Group Captain Somsak Khaosuwan, deputy permanent secretary of the ICT Ministry, said recently that the study would be submitted to the government for consideration once it was completed.

Currently the state agencies use a total of two gbps of satellite bandwidth on the Ku band for promoting educational activities, which is expected to increase to four gpbs in 2021.

They use 0.25 C-band transponders for providing medical services, which is expected to rise to two transponders in 2021.

They use 0.25 transponders on the Ku band for public disaster relief, which is expected to remain unchanged by 2021, and use one C-band transponder and 2.5 Ku-band transponders for national security, expected to increase to two C-band transponders and six Ku-band transponders by 2021.

The agencies use two C-band transponders for other activities – forecast to be three transponders in 2021.

NBTC to auction 11 telecom licences in next 5 years

Published August 16, 2016 by SoClaimon

ศาสตร์เกษตรดินปุ๋ย : ขอบคุณแหล่งข้อมูล : หนังสือพิมพ์ The Nation


THERE ARE 11 wireless-telecommunication spectrum licences waiting for auction over the next five years, Takorn Tantasith, secretary-general of the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission said during a meeting of the Asean Telecommunications Regulators’ Council (ARTC) in Phuket yesterday.

He said the NBTC’s five-year (2016-20) plan called for licence auctions for four spectra: 2.6 gigahertz, 1,800 megahertz, 850 MHz and 700MHz.

The 2.6GHz band is currently in the possession of a state-owned public broadcaster, MCOT. The NBTC is in the process of negotiating the return of the entire band – a total of 190MHz. The new NBTC law that is expected to take effect this year may allow compensation for government agencies currently holding spectrum.

Takorn said that no less than 70MHz of the 190MHz of the 2.6GHz spectrum would be reallocated for mobile communications by 2017. The NBTC expects to grant at least three or four licences, each of 20-25MHz, for fourth-generation wireless service.

As for the 1,800MHz and 850MHz bands that are still under concession contracts from state-owned enterprise CAT Telecom, both agreements will expire in September 2018.

He said there were 45MHz on the 1,800MHz band and 10MHz on the 850MHz band. The NBTC is planning to auction these six months before the concessions end, or by the first quarter of 2018, so as to avoid service disruption. The preparation process is expected to begin in April 2018.

The NBTC expects to allocate three licences for the 1,800MHz band and one for 850MHz, or four licences in total.

The World Radiocommunication Conferences (WRC) in 2015 officially endorsed Thailand’s position to allocate the 700MHz band for mobile communications. Currently, it is being used by analog television channels.

Takorn said that after the switchover to digital television is complete, the NBTC planned to allocate 45MHz, divided into three licences, in the 700MHz band for mobile telecommunications in 2020.

The NBTC recently auctioned two licences on 1,800MHz and two on 900MHz. The two auctions raised more than Bt230 billion. In total, four licences were awarded, two 18-year licences for the 1,800MHz band and two 15-year licences for the 900MHz band.

The NBTC held its first auction in 2012, for licences on the 2.1GHz spectrum. That auction raised more than Bt42 billion.

The NBTC office will propose the five-year road map to the commission’s new board, which will replace the one in October next year.

During the ARTC meeting, representatives of telecom regulatory agencies from Asean countries are discussing their spectrum plans and the harmonised spectrum planning and management thatAsean member states will collectively implement.

MVNO Club asks NBTC to relax regulations

Published May 18, 2016 by SoClaimon

ศาสตร์เกษตรดินปุ๋ย : ขอบคุณแหล่งข้อมูล : หนังสือพิมพ์ The Nation


The Thailand MVNO Club has asked the licensing body to revise and relax some rules to increase the number of mobile virtual network operators and make it easier for them to run their business.

An MVNO is an entity that does not have its own network but leases airtime on the network of a telecom operator to provide service.

Until recently, when an MVNO applied for mobile-phone numbers for the first time, it was allocated a maximum 200,000 numbers by the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission. It could apply for additional numbers only after at least 70 per cent of the original allocation was sold out.

However, the club recently told the NBTC that MVNOs had found that 200,000 phone numbers were not enough to serve customers in the initial period. In addition, if they have to wait until 70 per cent are sold out before they can apply for additional numbers, they can face service disruptions, as it takes time for the additional numbers to be assigned.

The club recommended that the NBTC assign 1 million numbers to MVNOs on their first request and exempt them from the 70-per-cent rule. This would make it easier for them to run a business.

NBTC deputy secretary-general Korkij Danchaivichit said the commission recently increased the initial allocation of phone numbers to MVNOs to 500,000 from 200,000.

The club also wants the NBTC to lower the network interconnection charge for MVNOs.

The interconnection charge is what a caller’s network pays to the network of the call recipient on a mutually agreed basis. The more subscribers of the former call out, the more the networks of the callers pay to the latter.

The club also asked the NBTC to set up a special team to help the MVNOs understand the regulations and listen to their problems.

Korkij said the NBTC had considered lowering the annual licence fee for all telecom licence holders across the board.

Currently licence holders with annual revenue of up to Bt100 million are subject to an annual fee of 0.25 per cent of gross revenue, while those with revenue of Bt100 million to Bt500 million pay 0.5 per cent, those with Bt500 million to Bt1 billion pay 1 per cent licence fee, and those earning revenue of Bt1 billion and up pay 1.5 per cent.

He added that the interconnection fee was expected to be reduced to less than 20 satang a minute next year from the present 34 satang.

The MVNO Club has four members – i-mobile Plus Co of Samart I-Mobile, Data CDMA Communication Co, 168 Communication, and The WhiteSpace Co. All are part of CAT Telecom’s MVNO network providing third-generation cellular service on the 850-megahertz spectrum.

There are 33 MVNOs in Thailand, of which eight are active: IEC , Loxley, 168, M Consultant, i-mobile, Data CDMA, The White Space and Real Move. Chaiyod Chirabowornkul, chairman of the Thailand MVNO Club and chief executive officer of The White Space, said the company had quickly acquired about 100,000 subscribers after the service was launched one month go.

Samsung smartphones remain best-selling brand in Southeast Asia

Published March 19, 2016 by SoClaimon

ศาสตร์เกษตรดินปุ๋ย : ขอบคุณแหล่งข้อมูล : หนังสือพิมพ์ The Nation


The new Samsung S7 edge smartphone is displayed after its unveiling ceremony at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain./Reuters

The new Samsung S7 edge smartphone is displayed after its unveiling ceremony at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain./Reuters

Samsung remains at the top with 18 per cent growth in smartphone shipments in Southeast Asia over 2014, as it launched the Galaxy J series that had models ranging from US$75 to $200, according to International Data Co (IDC).

“The initiative was a hit in the market due to the affordability that could match China-based vendors’ competitive price point. Moreover, Samsung engaged in various forms of marketing that targeted various segments in all countries. Asus broadened its range of handsets, introducing devices with price points ranging from $100 to $250 and larger screens such as the Zenfone 2 series and the Zenfone Go,” says Jensen Ooi, market analyst for Client Devices (APeJ), IDC Malaysia.

Samsung’s popularity remained high in the region which witnessed a 22 per cent growth in total smartphone shipments over 2014. Total shipments hit slightly over 100 million units in 2015.

IDC’s Asia/Pacific Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker showed that all the emerging markets in the region witnessed double-digit growth YoY, with the exception of Singapore, the only mature market to record an approximate 5 per cent YoY decline.

Indonesia remains the largest market, accounting for nearly 29 per cent of the total market. It was followed by Thailand and the Philippines at 22 per cent and 14 per cent, respectively.

“Global vendors that took a hit when the China-based vendors entered the market have managed to regain part of their dominance, as they brought in devices suitably priced for the budget-conscious consumers in the region. Furthermore, local players gained share, particularly in Thailand, where local mobile operators partnered with smartphone vendors as part of a rushed initiative to convert their 2G network subscribers to the 3G network over the last few quarters. Such initiative contributed to the 42 per cent YoY growth of the Thailand market,” Ooi said.

First prepaid SIM card vending machine unveiled

Published February 7, 2016 by SoClaimon

ศาสตร์เกษตรดินปุ๋ย : ขอบคุณแหล่งข้อมูล : หนังสือพิมพ์ The Nation


The SIM card vending machine

The SIM card vending machine

Total Access Communication (Dtac) has installed the first-ever prepaid SIM card vending machine at Suvarnabhumi Airport, where its prepaid Happy Tourist SIM cards can be bought.

The machine allows tourists to conveniently grab SIM card and register via passport as required by the Thai regulator. The SIM card is automatically activated after purchase.

The company said that this would respond to demand during high season. The machine could sell 1,000 SIM cards per day.

“”Monetization Innovation” is our area of focus this year – complicated process and communication limitation of technologies will be fixed to offer the most convenient customer experience. This has led to the idea of the advanced prepaid SIM card vending machine for tourists with 3 easy steps “choose – register – pay”, ” said Supavas Prohmvitak, vice president – Head of Prepaid Division.

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