Tuesday, September 06, 2005

New Direction or Merely a U-Turn

Not so many months ago a Thailand Telecom Giant categorically denied that they had any intention of entering the domestic fixed line telephony service space.

Today they announce the creation of three new subsiaries;

*** Wireless Communication Network Company Limited
*** Wire Network Company Limited
*** International Network Company Limited

A bit of a mixed message. The move is made in light of the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC), aka the Magnificent Seven, are now in a position to start providing operating licenses for Thai operators.

This is the same NTC that passed a new in-inventory number tax that will cost the incumbent 5 Billion baht in tax payments and thereby defer their IPO plans by [another] 6 months.

At a time when most country operators are realising the day of the VOIP and wireless freedom is looming the NTC is still attempting to tidy up last centuries technologies.

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