Thailand’s National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) has decided to grant international internet gateway (IIG) operating licences to Advanced Datanetwork Communication (ADC) and True Corp. The ‘type-2’ licences allow the leasing of international bandwidth from foreign operators to provide services to local ISPs via state-owned international gateway operator CAT Telecom’s domestic links. ADC, which offers broadband services including multimedia content, is a joint venture of the country’s mobile market leader Advanced Info Services (AIS) and state-run fixed line telco TOT Corp, while retail broadband market leader True offers a full range of fixed and mobile telecoms services.
Thailand’s 40-plus ISPs currently have to purchase bandwidth from CAT alone. In January 2006 the NTC decided to allow private firms entry into three key internet markets — IIG, internet exchange, and consumer voice-over-internet protocol (VoIP) telephony. Following the announcement a group of nine Thai ISPs, including Jasmine Internet, applied for a joint IIG licence, planning to share bandwidth if the move goes ahead.