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Advanced Info Service Public Company Limited (AIS), is Thailand's largest GSM mobile phone operator with 39.87 million customers as of Q3 2016.[5] Founded in April 1986, AIS started off as a computer rental business.[6] In October 1990, it launched analog 900 MHz mobile phone services with a 20-year monopoly concession from the Telephone Organization of Thailand (TOT), and later became the first company allowed to operate on the GSM-900 frequency.[7] It acquired Shinawatra Paging in June 1992.[citation needed]

Advanced Info Service Public Company Limited
Public
Traded asSETADVANC
IndustryTelecommunications
FoundedApril 24, 1986; 33 years ago (April 24, 1986)[1]
FounderThaksin Shinawatra
HeadquartersPhaya Thai, Bangkok, Thailand[2]
Area served
Thailand
Key people
Chairman: Vithit Leenutaphong, CEO: Somchai Lertsutiwong
ProductsMobile network, Internet service provider, Internet TV
ServicesMobile telephony, Internet
RevenueIncrease 158.47 billion baht (2017)[3][3]
Decrease 30.07 billion baht (2017)[3]
Total assetsIncrease 284.06 billion baht (2017)[3]
Number of employees
10,586+ (2013)[4]
ParentIntouch Holdings
Websitewww.ais.co.th/en/

The company is controlled by the Intouch Holdings (formerly Shin Corporation), headed by Temasek Holdings, a Singapore government-owned agency. AIS listed on the Stock Exchange of Thailand on 5 November 1991 (1991-11-05).[8] As of 23 December 2011, Intouch holds 40.45 percent of the shares of the company and Singapore Telecommunications (also majority-held by Temasek) together with Thai Trust Fund and OCBC Nominees holds a 23.32 percent stake.[9][10][11]

Temasek bought the AIS brand through the 2006 acquisition of the Shin Corporation from ousted former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra.[12]

In February 2014, in a conflict between the People's Democratic Reform Committee (PRDC) and Shinawatra, the PDRC called for a boycott of AIS, wrongly believing it to be owned by the Shinawatra family.[13]

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SubsidiariesEdit

  • Advanced Contact Center Company Limited (ACC) - Operate AIS Call Center 1175 and 1148
  • Advanced Datanetwork Communications Company Limited (ADC) - Provide Online Data Communication service via telephone lines under the name "Datanet", licensed by TOT
  • DataNetwork Solutions Company Limited (DNS) - Provide Online Data Communication service via telephone lines under the name "Datanet" in the provincial area.
  • mPay payment processing and e-wallet service.

mPayEdit

mPay, an AIS subsidiary, is a payment processor and one of Thailand's three major payment service providers.[14] Its partners include CIMB[15] and 2C2P.[16]

According to a 2014 article in The Nation, mPay has around 1.6 million registered users, of which roughly 1.2 million are end-users and 400,000 are mPay agents. 150,000 of mPay's end-users use the service monthly, spending on average 30,000 baht.[17] In November 2015, four million people in Thailand used mPay,[18] and in August 2013, mPay had around 700 merchant partners.[19]

Services and coverageEdit

As of August 2018, AIS is the largest network in Thailand with 40.1 million subscribers.[20] In addition to post pay services, AIS offers prepaid services under the 1-2Call brand.

Currently (2018) data is sold in time-based, volume-based and unlimited packages.

AIS operates 2G , 3G WCDMA/HSPA+, and LTE networks.

Frequencies used by AIS's Network in Thailand
Frequency Frequency
band
Frequency
width
(MHz)
Generation Radio interface Notes
900 MHz 5 2G GSM
900 MHz 8 10 3G UMTS/HSPA
900 MHz 8 10 4G LTE
1800 MHz 3 20 4G LTE (main frequency)
2100 MHz 1 10 3G UMTS/HSPA
2100 MHz 1 20 4G LTE

Wi-Fi hotspotsEdit

AIS owns and operates more than 100,000 Wi-Fi hotspots under the name "AIS SUPER WIFI."

Next GEdit

In 2017 AIS announced it has teamed up with Samsung Electronics to combine Wi-Fi and LTE in a gigabit-speed mobile service called AIS Next G. The new network is estimated to be 15 times faster than the existing LTE and four times faster than the tri-band LTE-A, the fastest wireless network currently available in Thailand.

AIS also provides online multiplatform entertainment, business and financial services:

  • AIS Play: AIS Play Launch on February 1, 2017.This is First IPTV With 4K Clearly, VOD and More Than 100 Popular Channels. Current Channel Line Up:

As HBO Asia Network:

As FOX Network Group:

Following With As Turner Broadcast System Asia:

Following With Viacom International Media Network:

Following With Scrappit Interactive:

Following With Sony Pictures Network Asia

Following With Walt Disney Asia

Following With A+E Network Asia

Following With NBC Universal

Once Channel:

Homemade Theme channel:

  • Gone Viral
  • Viral Vogue
  • Viral Extreme

Follow More Variety Channel:

Following With Blue Ant Media:

Freemium Channel:

And More 100 Free To Air Channels Available.

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ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Advanced Info Service (2010). Annual Registration Statements 2009 (PDF) (in Thai). Archived from the original (PDF) on 22 July 2011. Retrieved 23 June 2010.
  2. ^ "Contact us". Advanced Info Service PLC. Retrieved 1 January 2019.
  3. ^ a b c d "ADVANC: ADVANCED INFO SERVICE PUBLIC COMPANY LIMITED: Financial data". Stock Exchange of Thailand (SET). Retrieved 1 January 2019.
  4. ^ Staff & Human Resource Development Investor Site - AIS
  5. ^ Sirivish Toomgum (September 2011). "AIS to double 3G users". The Nation. Retrieved 12 September 2012.[not in citation given]
  6. ^ Job TopGun,[1] Archived 13 July 2011 at the Wayback Machine Advanced Info Service PLC
  7. ^ AIS corporate website, click on "About AIS", "Company profile", and then "1990"[additional citation(s) needed]
  8. ^ "ADVANC Company Profile". Stock Exchange of Thailand. Retrieved 23 June 2010.
  9. ^ "Page 42 - Shareholding structure - AIS 2011 Annual Report" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 24 May 2013. Retrieved 7 April 2012.
  10. ^ "Shin to sell more of AIS to Singtel". The Nation. Retrieved 7 April 2012.
  11. ^ "ADVANC Major Shareholder". Stock Exchange of Thailand. Retrieved 23 June 2010.
  12. ^ "Thaksin helps himself". The Economist. 26 January 2006. Retrieved 23 June 2015.
  13. ^ "PDRC targets Shinawatra interests". Bangkok Post. 19 February 2014. Retrieved 6 March 2014.
  14. ^ "E-wallet key service as True Money eyes 15% growth". The Nation. Retrieved 20 September 2016.
  15. ^ "CIMB Thai to use mPay for its Beat Savings mobile service". The Nation. Retrieved 20 September 2016.
  16. ^ "unk". 2C2P. Retrieved 20 September 2016.[not specific enough to verify]
  17. ^ Pornwasin, Asina (18 March 2014). "Cashing in on a cashless society". The Nation. Retrieved 25 September 2016.
  18. ^ "Mobile networks team up for e-payment". Bangkok Post. 3 September 2015. Retrieved 25 September 2016.
  19. ^ "Opening the electronic wallet". Bangkok Post. 19 August 2013. Retrieved 25 September 2016.
  20. ^ "DTAC Slow Plays 3g Roll Out". Bangkok Post. Retrieved 15 March 2013.
  21. ^ "Notification on changing the Company logo and brand repositioning". Advance Info Service. 29 September 2011. Archived from the original on 2 November 2011. Retrieved 11 November 2011.