State-owned Thai network operator TOT Corp has pledged THB100 million (USD500,000) to increase its gateway capacity and ease mobile traffic congestion. TOT’s announcement comes days after mobile operator DTAC complained that its users could not complete calls made to users of the service of its rival AIS. AIS offers calls over TOT’s network under a 25-year BTO agreement, whilst DTAC utilises infrastructure belonging to TOT’s sister company CAT Telecom.
TOT has also announced that it is in talks with three major Asian telcos with regard to joint venture partnerships aimed at boosting its revenues to aid its forthcoming stock market listing. TOT is discussing 3G ventures with NTT DoCoMo, e-government projects with SingTel and broadband with KT Corp. After numerous delays, the government is planning a part privatisation of TOT in the final quarter of this year ahead of fully opening the fixed line market to competition in 2006.