TOT postpones 3G roaming, Wi-Fi deals with AIS

21 Feb 2014

Thai state-run telco TOT has postponed the signing of an agreement with mobile market leader Advanced Info Service (AIS) to allow AIS’s 3G users to roam on TOT’s underused 2100MHz network to provide backup capacity. Another agreement was also set to be signed under which AIS’ subsidiary Super Broadband Network would lease 10,000 hotspots on TOT’s nationwide Wi-Fi network for one year to augment AIS’ 3G data service provision. Thai newspaper The Nation writes that the unexplained postponement could be a response to a boycott threat by Suthep Thaugsuban, head of the anti-government People’s Democratic Reform Committee, targeting businesses with links to the Shinawatra family and other government figures; AIS is controlled by InTouch, formerly Shin Corp, which was founded by exiled former leader Thaksin Shinawatra before being sold to Singaporean investors.

Thailand, Advanced Info Service (AIS), TOT