Advanced Info Service

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
ISINTH0268010Z11 Edit this on Wikidata
IndustryTelecommunications
FoundedApril 24, 1986; 34 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]

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 2019, 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 (2020) data is sold in time-based, volume-based and unlimited packages.

AIS operates 2G , 3G WCDMA/HSPA+, LTE, 5G NR, NB-IoT, and eMTC networks.

Frequencies used by AIS's Network in Thailand
Frequency Frequency
band
Frequency
width
(MHz)
Generation Radio interface Notes
700 MHz n28 15 5G NR (will be launched by late 2020)
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
2600 MHz 41/n41 100 (TDD) 4G/5G LTE/NR dynamic spectrum sharing
26 GHz n258 1200 5G NR (will be launched by late 2020)

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 PlayEdit

AIS also provides online multiplatform entertainment, business and financial services called AIS Play that was launched on February 1, 2017. AIS Play is the first Thai IPTV with 4K resolution, VOD and more than 100 popular channels. The current channel lineup is:

As FOX Network Group:

Following with as Turner Broadcast System Asia:

Following with Discovery Network:

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 channels:

100 more free to air channels are 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.‹See TfM›[failed verification]
  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.