Advanced Info Service

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Advanced Info Service Public Company Limited
FoundedApril 24, 1986; 32 years ago (April 24, 1986)[1]
FounderThaksin Shinawatra
Headquarters414 Intouch Tower Phaholyothin Road, Samsen Nai, Phaya Thai, Bangkok, Thailand[2]
Area served
Key people
Chairman: Vithit Leenutaphong, CEO: Somchai Lertsutiwong
ProductsMobile network, Internet service provider, Internet TV
ServicesMobile telephony, Internet
RevenueIncrease TH฿ 158.47 billion (2017)[3]
Decrease TH฿ 30.07 billion (2017)[3]
Total assetsIncrease TH฿ 284.06 billion (2017)[3]
Number of employees
10,586+ (2013)[4]
ParentIntouch Holdings

Advanced Info Service Public Company Limited, branded and most commonly referred to as AIS, is Thailand's largest GSM mobile phone operator with 39.87 million customers as of Q3 2016.[5][not in citation given] 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, and later became the first company allowed to operate on the GSM 900 frequency.[7][additional citation(s) needed] Followed by acquiring Shinawatra Paging in June 1992.[citation needed]

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).[8] 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.[9][10][11]

Temasek bought AIS brand through the 2006 acquisition of the Shin Corporation from the 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]


  • 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.


mPay, a subsidiary of the Advanced Info Service, is a payment processor and one of Thailand's 3 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.[17] In November 2015, 4 million people in Thailand used mPay,[18] and in August 2013, mPay had around 700 merchant partners.[19]

Services and coverage[edit]

As of August 2018, 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 (2018) data is sold in time-based, volume-based and unlimited packages.

AIS operates 2G , 3G WCDMA/HSPA+, and LTE networks.

Frequencies used by AIS's Network in Thailand
Frequency Frequency
Generation Radio interface Notes
900 MHz 5 2G GSM
900 MHz 8 10 3G UMTS/HSPA
900 MHz 8 10 4G LTE
1800 MHz 3 20 4G LTE
2100 MHz 1 15 3G UMTS/HSPA (main frequency)
2100 MHz 1 20 4G LTE

Wi-Fi hotspots[edit]

AIS owns and operates more than 100,000 Wi-Fi hotspots under the name "AIS SUPER WIFI."

Next G[edit]

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:

  • AIS Play: AIS Play Launch in February 1, 2017.This is First IPTV With 4K Clearly, VOD and More Than 100 Popular Channels. Current Channel Line Up:

As HBO Asia Network:

As FOX Network Group:

As Turner Broadcast System Asia:

Following With Viacom International Media Network:

Following With Scrappit Interactive:

Once Channel:

  • Fight Sports
  • Golf PLUS

Homemade Theme channel:

  • Gone Viral
  • Viral Vogue
  • Viral Extreme

Follow More Variety Channel:

Freemium Channel:



  1. ^ Advance Info Service (2010). Annual Registration Statements 2009 (PDF) (in Thai). Archived from the original (PDF) on 22 July 2011. Retrieved 23 June 2010.
  2. ^ Advance Info Service (2010). Annual Report 2009 (PDF). p. 27. Archived from the original (PDF) on 7 March 2012. Retrieved 23 June 2010.
  3. ^ a b c F/S & Highlights The Stock Exchange of Thailand
  4. ^ Staff & Human Resource Development Investor Site - AIS
  5. ^ Sirivish Toomgum (Sep 2011). "AIS to double 3G users". The Nation. Retrieved 12 Sep 2012.
  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"
  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". Retrieved 7 Apr 2012.
  11. ^ "ADVANC Major Shareholder". Stock Exchange of Thailand. Retrieved 23 June 2010.
  12. ^ "Thaksin helps himself". The Economist. 2006-01-26. Retrieved 23 June 2015.
  13. ^ "PDRC targets Shinawatra interests". Bangkok Post. 19 Feb 2014. Retrieved 6 Mar 2014.
  14. ^ Thailand, Nation Multimedia Group Public Company Limited,,. "E-wallet key service as True Money eyes 15% growth - The Nation". Retrieved 20 September 2016.
  15. ^ Thailand, Nation Multimedia Group Public Company Limited,,. "CIMB Thai to use mPay for its Beat Savings mobile service - The Nation". Retrieved 20 September 2016.
  16. ^ "2C2P News". Retrieved 20 September 2016.
  17. ^ Pornwasin, Asina (March 18, 2014). "Cashing in on a cashless society". The Nation. Retrieved September 25, 2016.
  18. ^ "Mobile networks team up for e-payment". Bangkok Post. September 3, 2015. Retrieved September 25, 2016.
  19. ^ "Opening the electronic wallet". Bangkok Post. August 19, 2013. Retrieved September 25, 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.