TT&T pumps cash into IP

1 Mar 2006

Thai provincial fixed line operator TT&T plans to invest THB6 billion (USD153 million) into its infrastructure this year, with THB4 billion earmarked for a voice-over-IP (VoIP) telephony network in Bangkok, and a further THB2 billion to be channeled into other broadband projects. TT&T expects to rake in an additional THB1 billion in revenues through broadband internet and fixed line expansion this year. Turnover from new broadband revenue streams is projected at THB700 million, while the new VoIP service is expected to generate some THB300 million per year. Prasitchai Kritsanayunyong, the telco’s vice-president for corporate finance, said the group’s subsidiary Triple T Broadband aims to offer at least 300,000 VoIP telephone numbers after the first phase of rollout in 2006 and attract 300,000 new broadband subscribers. However, Prasitchai said TT&T would continue to face losses this year, due mainly to the sharp plunge in its core fixed line revenues as a result of intense competition from mobile phone operators. He added that he expected the company to break even again over the next three years. At the end of 2005 TT&T had 1.23 million fixed line subscribers. It recorded an average monthly revenue per fixed line user of THB433, down from THB484 in the previous year.

Thailand, Triple T Broadband (3BB)