CAT Telecom

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CAT Telecom Public Company Limited
State-owned
Industry Telecommunication
Founded 14 August 2003; 14 years ago (2003-08-14)
Headquarters Bangkok, Thailand
Area served
Thailand
Key people
General Sirichai Distakul (Chairman)
Revenue IncreaseTH฿ 76.02 billion (2013) [1]
DecreaseTH฿ 11.27 billion (2013) [1]
Total assets IncreaseTH฿ 175.8 billion (2013) [1]
Total equity DecreaseTH฿ 41.25 billion (2013) [1]
Website www.cattelecom.com

CAT Telecom Public Company Limited is the state-owned company that runs Thailand’s international telecommunications infrastructure, including its international gateways, satellite, and submarine cable networks connections. [2]

Services[edit]

Until recently, CAT had a monopoly on international telephony and CDMA mobile telephony. CAT partnered with TOT to provide the GSM mobile service Thai Mobile.[3] In partnership with Hutchison, it provided a CDMA2000 1x mobile service in 25 central provinces and operated its own CDMA2000 1xEV-DO in 51 provinces.[4]

CAT provides data communications and applications services, such as leased line, Fiber-to-the-Premises, Gigabit Ethernet, xDSL, live TV broadcast, e-Commerce, e-Auction, and e-Security.

History[edit]

CAT or the Communications Authority of Thailand was established on August 14, 2003 by the government of previous Thai prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra.[citation needed] Plans were under way to privatize a portion of the state enterprise through an IPO in the Stock Exchange of Thailand but these plans were cancelled after the Thaksin government was overthrown by a coup on 19 September 2006.[citation needed] Soon after the coup, the junta of General Surayud Chulanont announced plans to merge CAT with rival state telecom enterprise TOT (Telephone Organization of Thailand).[5][dead link]

The junta pointed General Saprang Kalayanamitr as the new chairman of the board of directors for both CAT and TOT. Saprang was accused by the founders of People's Television (PTV), a new satellite television station, of being behind CAT's refusal to grant an internet link from Bangkok to a satellite up-link station in Hong Kong. PTV was established by some previous executives of the Thai Rak Thai party. CAT, however, claimed that it never received PTV's application for internet access.[6][dead link]

The junta also cancelled the Thaksin government's telecom excise tax policy. The Thaksin government imposed an excise tax on private fixed and cellular services, and then allowed telecom companies to deduct the amount they paid in excise tax from concession fees to TOT and CAT. The total amount paid by the private telecom firms did not change. The Surayud government's excise tax cancellation meant that TOT and CAT would receive their full concession payments. However, TOT and CAT were then forced to increase their dividends to the Ministry of Finance to account for their increased income.[7]

On 30 November 2013, during the mass protests going on in Bangkok, a group of unidentified protesters infiltrated CAT's headquarter, which hosted its data center, to cut off its electricity. This affected roughly 92,000 clients of the company and resulted in about 300 million baht ($10 million) in lost transactions. Upon the system shut down, internet was inaccessible, phone lines were down, and ATMs were out of service.[8]

CAT is a network operator that hosts mobile virtual network operators (MVNO). CAT has two MVNOs operating on its 850 MHz network:[9]

Subsidiaries[edit]

My By CAT, a mobile phone operator

CAT includes the following subsidiaries :

  • My By CAT (mobile phone operator)
  • CAT Internet

Coverage[edit]

MybyCAT services are available in the following provinces:

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d CAT Telecom Financial highlight 2013
  2. ^ "CAT Telecom moves business focus to IoT digital services - The Nation". The Nation. Retrieved 21 June 2018. 
  3. ^ TeleGeography. "TOT and CAT finally agree Thai Mobile price". www.telegeography.com. Retrieved 2018-02-04. 
  4. ^ TeleGeography. "Hutchison CAT partnership launches CDMA2000 1x national roaming". www.telegeography.com. Retrieved 2018-02-04. 
  5. ^ The Nation, Call for end to policy corruption, 16 October 2006
  6. ^ The Nation, PTV says 'CAT attack' ruined debut, 2 March 2007.
  7. ^ The Nation, Telecom excise tax revoked Archived 2007-10-25 at the Wayback Machine., 24 January 2007
  8. ^ Tech in Asia. http://www.techinasia.com/thai-protesters-telecom-attacks-cost-country-10-million-damage/
  9. ^ "Thailand's MVNO market 2014" Yozzo.com
  10. ^ "MVNO 168 Communications launches in Thailand". Yozzo.com Retrieved 2015-05-17

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