TOT wants AIS as strategic 3G partner

16 Jan 2008

Thai state-run telco TOT says it expects to sign a strategic agreement this month with GSM operator Advanced Info Services (AIS) to partner it in developing fixed and mobile services, lowering costs and eventually migrating to 3G mobile services, reports the Bangkok Post. A TOT board director said the co-operation with AIS would include the development of a 3G platform without overlapping with the existing Build-Transfer-Operate (BTO) mobile phone concession held by AIS, under which the cellco pays 30% of its post-paid user revenue and 20% of its pre-paid turnover to TOT. The proposed cooperation would also include a fixed-wireless convergence application based on existing networks. TeleGeography’s GlobalComms database notes that, back in August 2005, AIS abandoned plans to form a 3G wireless joint venture with TOT following underwhelming user take-up of the pair’s wireline broadband venture, Buddy Broadband, launched earlier that year through AIS’s majority owned subsidiary Advanced Datanetwork Communications (ADC).