Advanced Info Service
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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. Founded in April 1986, AIS started off as a computer rental business. 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. It acquired Shinawatra Paging in June 1992.
|Traded as||SET: ADVANC|
|Founded||April 24, 1986|
|Headquarters||Phaya Thai, Bangkok, Thailand|
|Chairman: Vithit Leenutaphong, CEO: Somchai Lertsutiwong|
|Products||Mobile network, Internet service provider, Internet TV|
|Services||Mobile telephony, Internet|
|Revenue||158.47 billion baht (2017)|
|30.07 billion baht (2017)|
|Total assets||284.06 billion baht (2017)|
Number of employees
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 . 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.
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.
- 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
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. In November 2015, four million people in Thailand used mPay, and in August 2013, mPay had around 700 merchant partners.
Services and coverageEdit
As of August 2019, AIS is the largest network in Thailand, with 40.1 million subscribers. 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.
|700 MHz||n28||15||5G||NR||(will be launched by late 2020)|
|1800 MHz||3||20||4G||LTE||(main frequency)|
|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)|
AIS owns and operates more than 100,000 Wi-Fi hotspots under the name "AIS SUPER WIFI."
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 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:
- FOX Movies
- Fox Action Movies
- Fox Family Movies
- STAR Chinese Movies
- STAR Chinese Movies Legend
- STAR Chinese Channel
- National Geographic
- Nat Geo Wild
- Nat Geo People
- FOX News Channel
- Sky News HD
- Baby TV
- Channel V International
- Fox Life
- FOX Crime
- Fox Sports Asia (Including FOX Sports, FOX Sports 2 &'3)
- tvN Movies HD
- Star Gold
- Star Bharat
- Star Vijay
Following with as Turner Broadcast System Asia:
Following with Discovery Network:
- Discovery Asia
- Discovery Channel
- Animal Planet
- Asian Food Channel
- Food Network Asia
- Travel Channel International
Following with Sony Pictures Network Asia
Following with Walt Disney Asia
Following with A+E Network Asia
Following with NBC Universal
- Golf PLUS
- EGG Network
Homemade Theme channel:
- Gone Viral
- Viral Vogue
- Viral Extreme
Follow More Variety Channel:
Following with Blue Ant Media:
- NHK World TV
- France 24
- Channel News Asia
- Doonee by AIS
- Zee Nung
- Phoenix Chinese Channel
- Phoenix InfoNews Channel
- Phoenix Hong Kong Channel
- Al Jazeera English
- Arirang TV
- ABC Australia
- NHK World Premium
100 more free to air channels are available.
Brand Mark logoEdit
Current logo, changed on 29 September 2011
- Advanced Info Service (2010). Annual Registration Statements 2009 (PDF) (in Thai). Archived from the original (PDF) on 22 July 2011. Retrieved 23 June 2010.
- "Contact us". Advanced Info Service PLC. Retrieved 1 January 2019.
- "ADVANC: ADVANCED INFO SERVICE PUBLIC COMPANY LIMITED: Financial data". Stock Exchange of Thailand (SET). Retrieved 1 January 2019.
- Staff & Human Resource Development Investor Site - AIS
- Sirivish Toomgum (September 2011). "AIS to double 3G users". The Nation. Retrieved 12 September 2012.‹See TfM›[failed verification]
- Job TopGun, Archived 13 July 2011 at the Wayback Machine Advanced Info Service PLC
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- "ADVANC Company Profile". Stock Exchange of Thailand. Retrieved 23 June 2010.
- "Page 42 - Shareholding structure - AIS 2011 Annual Report" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 24 May 2013. Retrieved 7 April 2012.
- "Shin to sell more of AIS to Singtel". The Nation. Retrieved 7 April 2012.
- "Thaksin helps himself". The Economist. 26 January 2006. Retrieved 23 June 2015.
- "PDRC targets Shinawatra interests". Bangkok Post. 19 February 2014. Retrieved 6 March 2014.
- "E-wallet key service as True Money eyes 15% growth". The Nation. Retrieved 20 September 2016.
- "CIMB Thai to use mPay for its Beat Savings mobile service". The Nation. Retrieved 20 September 2016.
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- Pornwasin, Asina (18 March 2014). "Cashing in on a cashless society". The Nation. Retrieved 25 September 2016.
- "Mobile networks team up for e-payment". Bangkok Post. 3 September 2015. Retrieved 25 September 2016.
- "Opening the electronic wallet". Bangkok Post. 19 August 2013. Retrieved 25 September 2016.
- "DTAC Slow Plays 3g Roll Out". Bangkok Post. Retrieved 15 March 2013.
- "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.