Advanced Info Service Public Company Limited is Thailand's largest GSM mobile phone operator with 35 million customers as of March 2013. Founded in April 1986, AIS started off as a computer rental business. In October 1990, it launched analog 900 MHz mobile phone services with a 20 year monopoly concession from the Telephone Organization of Thailand, and later became the first company allowed to operate on the GSM 900 frequency. Followed by acquiring Shinawatra Paging in June 1992.The highly profitable company is controlled by the Intouch plc , headed by Temasek Holdings, a Singapore government owned agency. AIS is listed on the Stock Exchange of Thailand on 5 November 1991 . As of 23 December 2011, InTouch plc holds 40.45% of the total shares of the company and Singapore Telecommunications together with Thai Trust Fund and OCBC Nominees holds a 23.32% stake.Temasek bought AIS brand through the 2006 acquisition of the then known - Shin Corporation from the ousted Former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra.In February 2014, in a conflict opposing and the People's Democratic Reform Committee and the Shinawatra, the PDRC called for a company boycott, wrongly believed to be owned by the Shinawatra family. Wikipedia.
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Benchmark calculations of the new JENDL-4.0 library on the criticality experiments of a thermal research reactor with oxide low enriched uranium (LEU, 20 w/o) fuel, light water moderator and beryllium reflector (RSG GAS) have been conducted using a continuous energy Monte Carlo code, MVP-II. The JENDL-4.0 library shows better C/E values compared to the former library JENDL-3.3 and other world-widely used latest libraries (ENDF/B-VII.0 and JEFF-3.1). © 2012 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved. Source
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In earlier columns on the Communciasia expo in Singapore, we presented photo galleries of some of the booths and hardware products as well as emerging companies and software products from the UK and Australia. In this showcase we will look at companies from Thailand in Southeast Asia, covering mobile payment, marketing, augmented reality, logistics, social media management, digital publishing, and children’s media. Thailand is well known for its creativity and design (and some turbulent politics!), but these startups show that the entrepreneurial drive has spread to the digital domain as well. Many companies have offerings in Thai and English, and are spreading their wings across the region. What is your Thailand strategy – or can you partner with these companies for your local markets? Get My Stamp offers smartphone solutions for managing loyalty cards. You can keep all your loyalty cards on your smartphone, and get them ‘stamped’ directly on your screen. No scanning QR codes or checking in, it works just like a paper card thanks to the company’s innovative yet familiar stamper device. Merchants can offer new kinds of promotions and partnerships for rewards programmes, in a win-win situation for all. Founded in 2010, Khroton helps companies with their online presence and digital marketing in social media and smartphones. They are well suited to work with large companies, and already have a roster of premier clients. The client list spans the private and government sector, and currently includes well-known companies in Thailand such as Advanced Info Service (AIS), Land and Houses PCL, TMB Bank, Toyota Tsusho Electronics, Karmarts and Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT). Founded in 2011, Jorlek is also in the mobile app space and offers web application services, content management, cloud porting and mobile services. The company has come a long way since its first app launch three years ago. Their USP is a blend of ‘technique and emotion,’ and the startup has a growing client base which currently includes United Telecom, LMG Insurance and local police departments. Mayar is a Thai startup in the augmented reality space. It offers solutions in interactive video augmentation and interactive printing solutions as well. It helps brands connect the real and virtual worlds in a seamless manner. It has also devised other mobile solutions such as ITim for digital signage, and plug and play cloud services. From maps to apps, Mayar spans a wide range of GIS offerings through its ArcGIS platform, which also includes QR codes integrated with map locators. Apptividia is a digital media company whose platform Publizh helps companies publish their own e-books and sell them on app stores. The solution includes a cloud integrated service with publisher, designer, and multimedia integrator for distributed workflow. The company also has apps to stream content from digital platforms. Other offerings cover photo books, social media sharing and visualisation techniques. 23 Studio is a digital publisher specialising in child-focused content on web, mobile and apps. Its product names include ‘Tuck Me In Bedtime Stories’ pitched as a real child development application for children aged from two to 12 years. E-learning capabilities are also weaved into the narrative, thus making for a pleasant edutainment experience. Founded in 2009, Toth Media has developed its own tools for social media intelligence and campaign management. Its product KPIology gathers data from all the top ranking Thai social media websites, including 10,000+ Facebook Pages, 200+ Thai Forums and over three million Twitter accounts. Capturing over 10 million items of conversation every day, the platform has a large footprint to track brand impacts and competitor positioning. The Magic Quadrant platform shows more details of a brand’s position versus its competitors in real time on social media. The aptly named WarRoom platform helps deal with competitor moves and customer complaints. Success69 is a software solution designed for the logistics industry and cargo managers. Its software tools and visualisation dashboards help managers with loading containers of different sizes and shapes into shipping spaces of different configurations. The tool also allows calculation of over costing, costing per package, and optimum mix of containers in different delivery channels. Shippers can cut down on amount of unused space, mix different types of cargoes and allow for group loading with multiple customers. NetKA Systems provides intelligent network management solutions for enhancing customers’ business competitiveness. Offerings include carrier-and-enterprise-grade network management software. The company lists 80% of Thailand’s ISPs as its customers. Other target segments are the government sector, and the company also wants to expand to Singapore and Indonesia. The company has won awards as well for its data centre services, virtualisation and cloud platforms. Its manager-friendly interfaces include the NetkaQuartz Service Desk, and it has signed up Cisco, Juniper, Alcatel and IBM as partners. Prompt Now is a company in the space of mobile banking, insurance and healthcare, and is a subsidiary of MFEC Group, Thailand’s largest IT services provider. Prompt Now develops mobile apps, content and even games for leading enterprises and content publishers. Its offerings extend to testing, porting, translation and hosting services. The company is extending its range from smartphones to smart TVs and tablets. Its board of directors includes Shimmy Thomas, VP at MFEC, who was earlier at Sun and DEC; he holds an engineering degree in electronics and communications from Karnataka University in India.
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Intel is looking to ramp up the introduction of Atom-powered smartphones to the market, with the latest in the form of Acer's Liquid C1 smartphone, which was unveiled today. Southeast Asia will be early beneficiaries of the chipmaker's efforts to advance its smartphone plans, given that Thailand has been designated as the launch market for the Liquid C1. A senior Intel executive added he will be "disappointed" if it takes three months for the handset to make its way into many of the region's other markets. Speaking to ZDNet on Thursday, Uday Marty, Intel's managing director for Southeast Asia, acknowledged there have been "ups and downs" since the company revealed its smartphone road map . That said, the chipmaker had made "very solid progress" in 2012 and this was demonstrated with the launch of the first Intel-powered smartphone--the Xolo X900--in India by local phone maker Lava International in April 2012, Marty noted. Today, with its Liquid C1 smartphone--which is powered by Intel's Atom Z240 processor, codenamed "Lexington"--for the Thai market, Acer's announcement marks the ninth smartphone powered by Intel in nine months, he said, adding this showed the company's commitment to the smartphone platform. Acer's Liquid C1 smartphone comes with a 4.3-inch screen with a 2,000mAH battery that touts 9 hours of 3G talk time and an advanced graphics engine with an 8-megapixel camera boasting a burst mode to capture clearer images even with movement. Besides the Atom Z240 processor, which has been optimized for the Android 4.0 operating system (OS), Intel also provided the XMM 6265 modem for HSPA+ connectivity, Marty said. Other smartphones with Intel processors include Lenovo's upcoming K900, Motorola Mobility's Razr i, and Safaricom's Yolo, which was launched in Kenya last Friday . The Atom Z240 processor was unveiled at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) earlier this month, and is targeted at the "value smartphone" market. According to Intel, the new processor brings high performance for quick Web browsing, rich multimedia, and an Android applications experience. Mike Bell, vice president and general manager of Intel's mobile and communications group, said the low-power Atom platform enabled it to address new market segments and broaden its expanding portfolio smartphone offerings. Marty said both Intel and Acer chose Thailand to launch the Liquid C1 smartphone because it is a key market with a young mobile user audience. Some 67 million people live in the country, which has an average population age of 34 years, and IDC had predicted 6 million smartphones will be sold in 2012 alone, he noted. The government also recently concluded its 3G spectrum auction , with operators Advanced Info Service (AIS), Total Access Communication (Dtac), and True Move bidding successfully for a license. This is expected to spur operators to promote 3G smartphones to consumers, he added. He revealed that several other Southeast Asian markets will get their hands on the Acer smartphone in the "very near future," but was unable to reveal details on the markets and actual launch dates. "I will be very disappointed if [launches in these markets] do not take place in [the next] three months," he said. Consumers looking out for Intel-based 4G handsets will have to wait a while longer, though. Marty said the "LTE gate" is why markets such as Singapore, which are moving toward 4G long-term evolution (LTE) networks, are not seeing any Intel smartphones, given that its processors do not support the latest wireless technology. He did say Intel has completed validation and will have multiple variants of LTE in the market this year, beginning with single-mode data and followed by multimode data and voice. "We have started silicon shipments for our single-mode data module and will ramp the solution in volume into first-quarter 2013, followed by shipments of multimode data and voice later this year." CEO Paul Otellini said in an earlier analyst call that while Intel is making progress with LTE modems, it does not expect to have an integrated LTE modem and application processor until 2014, reported tech news site EE Times. Otellini said the first mobile phones with Intel-supplied LTE capability were expected to launch early in 2014 during the Mobile World Congress (MWC) trade show.
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Thailand is looking at the possibility of holding an auction for 2G spectrum by the third quarter of 2014, as the current contract with state-owned CAT Telecom will wind down this September. According to The Nation's report Wednesday, local operators True Move and Digital Phone Company (DPC), a subsidiary of Advanced Info Service (AIS), will be returning their 12.5 megahertz (MHz) of 1800MHz bandwidth each to CAT Telecom once their concessions end later this year. As such, state regulator the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission has set up a sub-panel to look into the feasibility of holding the 2G auction next year. The schedule may be pushed back if CAT Telecom wishes to extend its spectrum licenses for another two years based on its existing contract terms, noted Settapong Malisuwan, chairman of the NBTC's telecom committee, in the report. Settapong added a panel for the auction proceedings will be set up by the middle of this year, should things advance positively. Meanwhile, the sub-panel has also been looking into the actions needed to take to ensure customers of True Move and DPC are not affected should there be a spectrum auction. Among its considerations is expanding the number portability capabilities of all local operators, so that if True Move and DPC customers move to other service providers, their phone numbers remain consistent. The NBTC will finalize the plans for number portability "early next month", the report added. According to The Nation, the current daily limit for number transfer for the five domestic operators is capped at 40,000 numbers.
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Thailand's state-owned telco TOT will launch a slew of mobile payment services tap the e-commerce space, as it gets ready for life without concession revenues from private carriers. The service called Just Pay will be rolled out through its subsidiary ACT Mobile by next March targeting public services, according to the Bangkok Post. There will be three products: a mobile wallet, a mobile point of sale and Web-based mobile customer relationship managment (CRM) . These will be supported across various devices such as PCs, smartphones and tablets. Apirak Preechayasomboon, ACT Mobile's acting CEO, expects mobile payments to be the "next big thing" in telecommunications thanks to changing consumer behaviour, the report noted. In 2013, there were 18.39 million credit card holders spending 12 trillion baht (US$375.5 billion) a year, he pointed out in a statement. TOT is facing the imminent end of the revenue stream from its three private telecom concessions, which are held by Advanced Info Service (AIS), True Move, and DTAC. The concessions expire as early as 2013 for True Move, and the latest around 2018 for DTAC. The concession model requires allows private telcos to operate for a share of their income with state-owned TOT or CAT. Operators license the two state owned telcos' lines for a cost of 20-30 percent of revenues. AIS, whose concession will expire in 2015, contributes 20 billion baht (US$626 million) to TOT each year, noted the article.