ADC applies for fixed line licence

12 Feb 2007

Thai data services provider Advanced Datanetwork Communications (ADC) has applied for a nationwide fixed line telephony licence from the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC). The regulator reports that ADC plans to invest around THB1 billion (USD30 million) to build a network with capacity for 100,000 phone numbers. It aims to install 10,000 lines in Bangkok in its first year before expanding to other provinces over the next three to four years. ADC operates under the brand name DataNet and provides a range of ADSL, IP VPN, frame relay and ATM services to more than 800 organisations. It is jointly owned by the country’s largest cellco, Advanced Info Services (AIS), and incumbent local telephony operator TOT. Due to its ownership, the NTC will determine whether ADC is a dominant player in the fixed line market segments, and if so, it will be subject to stricter regulations. The licensing body is expected to publish new rules governing dominant players in the Royal Gazette soon.

In another development, the NTC board late last week gave its final approval to regulations covering consumer phone-to-phone voice over internet protocol (VoIP) technology. The watchdog announced the opening up of the phone-to-phone VoIP market last November; earlier in the year it allowed licensed ISPs to offer VoIP from PC-to-PC or between PC and phone.

Thailand, Advanced Info Service (AIS), TOT