Advanced Info Service

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Advanced Info Service PLC
Type Public
Traded as SETADVANC
Industry Telecommunications
Founded 24 April 1986 (1986-04-24)[1] in Thailand
Founder(s) Thaksin Shinawatra
Headquarters 414 Intouch Tower Phaholyothin Road, Samsen Nai, Phayathai, Bangkok, Thailand[2]
Area served Thailand
Products Mobile
Services Mobile telephony
Revenue Increase BT฿143.65 billion (2013)[3]
Profit Increase BT฿36.27 billion (2013)[3]
Total assets Increase BT฿112.02 billion (2013)[3]
Total equity Increase BT฿45.75 billion (2013)[3]
Employees 8,000+ (2009)[2]
Parent InTouch plc
Website www.ais.co.th

Advanced Info Service PLC is Thailand's largest GSM mobile phone operator with 35 million customers as of March 2013. [4] Founded in April 1986, AIS started off as a computer rental business.[5] In October 1990, it launched analog 900 MHz mobile phone services with a 20 year monopoly concession from the Telephone Organization of Thailand, and later became the first company allowed to operate on the GSM 900 frequency.[6] Followed by acquiring Shinawatra Paging in June 1992.

The highly profitable company is controlled by the Intouch plc (formerly Shin Corporation), headed by Temasek Holdings, a Singapore government owned agency. AIS is listed on the Stock Exchange of Thailand on 5 November 1991 (1991-11-05).[7] As of 23 December 2011, InTouch plc holds 40.45% of the total shares of the company and Singapore Telecommunications (also majority held by Temasek together) together with Thai Trust Fund and OCBC Nominees holds a 23.32% stake.[8][9][10]

Temasek bought AIS brand through the 2006 acquisition of the then known - Shin Corporation from the ousted Former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra.[11]

In February 2014, in a conflict opposing and the People's Democratic Reform Committee and the Shinawatra, the PDRC called for a company boycott, wrongly believed to be owned by the Shinawatra family.[12]

Subsidiaries[edit]

  • 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.

Services and coverage[edit]

As of March 2013, AIS is the largest network in Thailand with 35 million subscribers. (Coverage Map)[13] In addition to post pay services, AIS offers prepaid services under the 12Call brand. The worldwide access number for the AIS call center is +66-2271-9000.

Currently data is provided in both time based and volume based packages, with daily unlimited packages starting at 49 THB.

Competitors[edit]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Advance Info Service (2010). Annual Registration Statements 2009 (in Thai). Retrieved 23 June 2010. 
  2. ^ a b Advance Info Service (2010). Annual Report 2009. p. 27. 
  3. ^ a b c d F/S & Highlights The Stock Exchange of Thailand
  4. ^ Sirivish Toomgum (September 2011). "AIS to double 3G users". The Nation. Retrieved 12 September 2012. 
  5. ^ Job TopGun,[1] Advanced Info Service PLC. ,
  6. ^ AIS corporate website, click on "About AIS", "Company profile", and then "1990"
  7. ^ "ADVANC Company Profile". Stock Exchange of Thailand. Retrieved 23 June 2010. 
  8. ^ "Page 42 - Shareholding structure - AIS 2011 Annual Report". Retrieved 7 April 2012. 
  9. ^ "Shin to sell more of AIS to Singtel". Retrieved 7 April 2012. 
  10. ^ "ADVANC Major Shareholder". Stock Exchange of Thailand. Retrieved 23 June 2010. 
  11. ^ "Temasek's acquisition of Shin Corp". Straits Times. 25 January 2006. Retrieved 23 June 2010. 
  12. ^ "PDRC targets Shinawatra interests". Bangkok Post. 19 February 2014. Retrieved 6 March 2014. 
  13. ^ "DTAC Slow Plays 3g Roll Out". Bangkok Post. Retrieved 15 March 2013. 
  14. ^ "Notification on changing the Company logo and brand repositioning". Advance Info Service. 29 September 2011. Retrieved 11 November 2011. 

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