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  • TECH

    Vague on the specifics

    Database, Published on 07/04/2010

    » The new, improved Magnificent Seven promised there will be third-generation phone service in Thailand by next year - or so; new National Telecommunications Commission member Suranant Wongwittayakamchorn pointed out that all he and six colleagues have to do is (1) hold the 3G auction and (2) hold back political interference; after all, he said, it is important that the NTC must be independent, even if the Office of the Attorney-General and the Lawyers Association of Thailand agree that the NTC doesn't even have authority to handle the 3G auction before the first National Broadcasting and Telecommunication Board is set up.

  • TECH

    Orwell would approve

    Database, Published on 28/04/2010

    » The troubles from the Iceland volcano gave one struggling industry a boost; Cisco Systems reported that the closing of all airports in Europe brought a big increase in the use of video conferences by people stuck on the ground; it was more of a claim than report — anecdotal, in the word of Cisco executive Fredrik Halvorsen — but it appeared that grounding airplanes was a big help for the videoconferencing sector; among those who didn’t get the word were the transport ministers of Europe, who whined that they could not hold an emergency meeting on stalled air traffic because they could not fly to some capital city for the meeting.

  • LEARNING

    Killers of the deep

    Learningpost, David Canavan, Published on 18/05/2010

    » There is something spooky and frightening about killers in the water. I think it is because we rarely see them, unlike aerial or land hunters. They are arguably among the most unknown and undiscovered hunters due to the difficulties in researching them.

  • TECH

    VDO enjoys skyrocketing growth

    Database, Suchit Leesa-nguansuk, Published on 14/07/2010

    » The surge in bandwidth and increase in choice of price points and usability methods for VDO conference technology has led to skyrocketing growth of such tools.

  • TECH

    Magic numbers

    Database, Published on 11/08/2010

    » A little over a month before companies are expected to fork over containers of cash at an auction, the actual rules for the sale of 3G licences are still unclear; the Magnificent Seven have insisted they will take up the gavel in the last week of September (Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva said it would be on Sept 24) to auction three licences, supposedly worth 12 billion baht or some other invented number; but the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) apparently isn't actually selling use of the bandwidth to the winning mobile phone companies, but just narrow permission to use it for 3G, meaning that 4G and so on are unknowns; in addition; the NTC's vague threats to keep out foreign companies has sent the bidders into a tizzy; the main question is whether the threat applies to current firms such as AIS of Shingapore and Dtac of Norway - or just Singapore Telecom, or what?

  • TECH

    Bids are in for 3G auction

    Database, Published on 25/08/2010

    » Bidding papers for Asia's last great 3G auction went on sale at the office of the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC), and five buyers bought eight lots of them; the dark horses from Samart I-Mobile and Loxley plunked down their envelopes of baht, but the Big Boys sent two agents each; there was No 1 yuppiephone firm Advanced Info Service of Shingapore and its subsidiary AWN, No 2 network Dtac of Norway and its subsidiary DTAC Internet Service, and No 3 provider True Move of Thailand and its arm SK Wireless; the big guys are still waiting to see if they can get in on 3G with a "new" firm that isn't beholden to your TOT or your CAT Telecom, and if so, the subsidiaries will be the bidders if licences actually do go under the gavel on Sept 28 - but otherwise the existing companies will bid; the auction could theoretically get hot, but probably cool heads will keep the prices down to a manageable level; setting up and starting a real 3G network will cost at least 30 billion baht on top of the licence fee of 13 to 30 billion, experts believe.

  • TECH

    Telenor's new CR initiatives aim to create competitive edge

    Database, Suchit Leesa-nguansuk, Published on 15/09/2010

    » In an age of highly competitive business environment, good strategic corporate responsibility (CR) projects that align with corporate strategy can build a competitive advantage while also solving social and global problems. Telenor, the world's sixth largest mobile operator, disclosed its initiatives to solve social issues and reduce climate change by using ICT enablement, especially in the 3G era.

  • TECH

    Apple accused of selling pirated Japan novels online

    AFP, Published on 14/12/2010

    » Publishers in Japan demanded Tuesday that Apple stop selling pirated digital copies of novels by Japanese authors, including Haruki Murakami's "1Q84", in its online book store.

  • LEARNING

    Classical music event in Bangkok

    Jon Fernquest, Published on 25/01/2011

    » With violinist Jonathon Glonek (Chulalongkorn) and pianist Eri Nakagawa (Mahidol).

  • TECH

    Austria Telecom gives only offer for Serbia's Telekom

    AFP, Published on 21/03/2011

    » Austria Telecom is the only company to offer the required 1.4 billion euros ($1.98 billion) for majority stake in state-controlled phone and internet provider Telekom Srbija, a ministry said Monday.

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