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Thaicom Public Company Limited, one of Asia’s leading satellite operators and provider of integrated satellite communications services, announced an agreement with iSAT Africa Ltd FZC. (iSAT), a leading African telecommunications provider and a subsidiary of Wananchi Group Holdings, to provide iSAT’s key customer in East Africa with fully managed satellite telecommunications services including satellite backup of its fiber network.

Under the agreement, Thaicom will provide Internet Protocol (IP) connectivity via the     THAICOM 6 satellite in the case of fiber network outages.  The full-time, managed service will enable iSAT Africa to provide their client with a fully redundant and highly available backup solution for the provision of uninterrupted broadband services. 

“We have seen an increase in the need for reliable and cost-effective satellite communications in Africa,” said (Nile) Suwansiri, Chief Commercial Officer with Thaicom. “Therefore, we intend to continue expanding our reach and providing our clients with the best possible solution for their business requirements. Thaicom has many years of experience in providing leading telecom operators across Asia with premium cellular and internet backhaul. Our African customers can now benefit from Thaicom’s experience in providing managed network backhaul services as well.”

Munish Sharma, Chief Operating Officer with iSAT Africa said, “We are pleased to partner with Thaicom for yet another solution to provide better services to our customers.  ISAT is at the forefront of innovation, while offering flexible managed services across Africa and other parts of the world in the field of VSAT, Broadcasting, Voice, GSM Backhaul and Fiber. Data demand throughout the world is being driven by the increased popularity of connected devices—and Africa is going in the same direction. Satellite services are playing a key role in the development.”

He further added, “Satellite is ideal to extend iSAT’s fiber network via Internet Protocol in Africa to places that are not connected to terrestrial networks.  iSAT’s fiber networks cover Africa, Europe, Asia and America.  Our collaboration with Thaicom will assist to fulfil the growing demand and offer data services by way of a resilient fiber network while maintaining high standards of Quality of Service (QoS).”

The managed internet backbone and related services provided by Thaicom are based on a point-to-point satellite link between Thaicom’s designated teleport and our customer’s remote site, thus providing uninterrupted access to the network.

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Thaicom Public Company Limited, a provider of satellite communications services on an end-to-end basis, announced that it has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Huawei Technologies (Thailand) Co., Ltd. and Starcor Media Technologies Limited for the development of an OTT (Over-the-Top) platform in Thailand.

The companies have partnered to create value-added services for the next generation OTT platform for enterprise, educational, government and telecom sectors in Thailand.  Under the agreement the companies agreed to develop content-rich OTT ecosystem services, including TV streaming and video on demand.

The creation of this joint OTT ecosystem will benefit telecom operators in Thailand, who will be able to seamlessly integrate the OTT services with their products and deliver their contents to multi-screen devices such as smart TVs, smart phones, tablets and notebooks.

“We would like to thank Huawei and Starcor for their trust in us to provide the satellite capacity and infrastructure needed to deploy OTT services in the near future in Thailand,“ said Patompob Suwansiri, Chief Commercial Officer of Thaicom Public Company Limited. “We are confident that the partnership with Huawei and Starcor will enable us to continue to provide the satellite capacity needed to fuel the new digital TV ecosystem. The OTT platform represents a new service for Thaicom; it will complement our existing satellite platform and carry it into the new digital era.“

Robin Lu, Director of Enterprise Business, Huawei Technologies (Thailand) Co., Ltd. Said: "This partnership with Thaicom and Starcor is an example of Huawei’s determination to champion OTT-as-a-service platform on a worldwide scale in cloud and big data era.  Satellite technology serves as an enabler to unlock the digital ecosystem for new market opportunities such as OTT.  Our goal is to equip our customers with the advanced industrial cloud and big data technologies, to provide a powerful, best-in-class OTTaaS platform which combines fast speed and rich media resources with the renowned reliability of Thaicom’s satellite technology.“

And in turn it will empower Huawei to create a powerful entertainment and educational OTTaaS platform value proposition in Thailand.

Ivan Zhang, President and CEO, Starcor Media Technologies Limited, said: "We are proud to be involved in the development of Thailand’s future digital TV and content ecosystem. Through the cooperation with leading telecom service provider Huawei and leading satellite operator Thaicom, Starcor is able to deliver an unparalleled new entertainment experience."

Under the MOU, Thaicom shall provide the network connectivity and data center services for Huawei and Starcor.  While Huawei will provide the Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS)—cloud computing that provides virtualized computing resources over the internet—Starcor will contribute the OTT as a Service (aaS) platforms, and integrate third party media and content management platforms.

The MOU comes at a time when OTT content continues to grow in popularity among viewers in Thailand.  The collaboration will enable the companies to help customers seize new opportunities in a rapidly changing media environment, by creating an offering tailored to their needs.

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Axiata Group Berhad (“Axiata”) through its wholly owned subsidiary, Axiata Business Services Sdn Bhd (“Axiata Business Services’) announced it has signed a four-year, multi-transponder contract for leased capacity and teleport services with IPSTAR International Pte Limited (“IPSTAR”), a subsidiary of Thaicom Public Company Limited (“Thaicom”).

The partners inked the deal for Axiata Business Services to purchase the remaining capacity on IPSTAR over Indonesia to deliver Axiata’s operating company, PT XL Axiata Tbk  (“XL”), over 1 Gbps High Throughput Satellite (HTS) capacity for the provision of broadband services in Indonesia.

According to the terms of the agreement, Axiata Business Services will use capacity of up to seven KU-band shaped and spot beams on the IPSTAR-1 broadband satellite located at 119.5° east for the provision of broadband services in Indonesia, including broadband access direct to residential and enterprise premises, and cellular network backhaul.

“We are leveraging on Thaicom’s capabilities in Asia to grow our enterprise business quickly and flexibly while providing reliable broadband services to all potential customers regardless of location,” said Asri Hassan Sabri, Group Chief Business Operations Officer of Axiata.

“Where terrestrial-based connectivity is limited or unavailable, HTS connectivity serves as an enabler to unlock the digital ecosystem for new market opportunities. As the world’s first ever HTS, launched in 2005, Thaicom’s IPSTAR helps us to connect users in remote and underserved areas of Indonesia cost-effectively. We are confident that the partnership will enable us to continue to grow our business faster without infrastructure limitations.”

"As the biggest archipelago in the world, there are many areas and islands in Indonesia that have not been served by internet services as yet,“ said Dian Siswarini, Chief Executive Officer of XL. “We believe the availability of HTS will help us to cover these unserved areas with considerable economic potential. On top of that, it will enable us to support the local community’s economic growth and Indonesian government’s vision to accelerate the national development of digital economy across Indonesia."

“This HTS partnership is highly strategic for Axiata and the beginning of what we believe can become a core future broadband delivery platform for our operating companies to deliver broadband connectivity, media & entertainment, IoT and other digital services to enterprise and consumer home segment,“  said Dominic P Arena, Group Chief Strategy Officer of  Axiata. “More importantly, this partnership allows us to provide the best connectivity option and reach to underserved communities, in line with Axiata’s broader goal of advancing Asia by piecing together the best in innovation, connectivity and talent. ”

The IPSTAR-1 satellite was launched in 2005 and was the first HTS ever launched into orbit. IPSTAR cellular backhaul and direct to premise broadband connectivity provides telecom operators with the ability to expand their networks, launch new broadband services and reach underserved areas quickly and cost-effectively.

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Thaicom Public Company Limited, a leading Asian satellite operator, and Intersat Limited, a VSAT provider of cost-effective, end-to-end satellite communications solutions, announced the launch of Managed Satellite Network Services for Intersat and Thaicom enterprise and government customers over the iDirect satellite hub platform. The companies recently signed a multi-year deal for capacity on the THAICOM 6/AFRICOM 1 satellite.

The service will provide a secure network on the THAICOM 6/AFRICOM 1 satellite which is located at 78.5 degrees east, and an Intersat-owned, collocated iDirect hub at the company's Kenya-based teleport. Intersat will manage the end-to-end service from its Network Operations Center (NOC) in Nairobi, Kenya. The platform provides a fully managed, customized turnkey service, utilizing state-of-the-art Evolution hub technology by iDirect which, when combined with THAICOM 6/AFRICOM 1's powerful beams over Africa, leverages high degrees of efficiency to deliver cost-effective and competitive managed services to its customers.

"We have been working hard to stay ahead of the curve by offering flexible, cost-effective, end-to-end satellite services to our customers in Africa," said Thaicom Chief Commercial Officer Patompob (Nile) Suwansiri. "We are delighted that Intersat has made Thaicom their partner of choice in an otherwise very contested market, which reaffirms our reputation as an experienced and trusted partner for the delivery of cost-effective IP-based satellite services to enterprises and governments in Africa."

Intersat Chief Executive, Hanif Kassam, added, "Intersat's proven managed service platform has taken a leap forward by taking advantage of Thaicom's experience as an end-to-end satellite provider and the company's powerful C-band coverage across the African continent."

Subrata Roy, Chief Technical Officer at Intersat added, "Thaicom's understanding of the market and customer-centric approach makes the company a natural choice for Intersat to grow our managed service platform in the pan-African region."

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Leading Asian satellite operator Thaicom Public Company Limited announced the appointment of satellite veteran Dr. Supoj Chiveeraphan as its Chief Strategy Officer (CSO) on February 6. Among Dr. Chinveeraphan’s responsibilities will be leading the growth of Thaicom as an Asian brand, inclusive of marketplace strategy, market positioning, partnerships, and operations.

Supoj Chinveeraphan recently joined Thaicom after holding a number of high-ranking positions within the telecommunications industry, including the role of Director and General Manager of IPSTAR Australia and New Zealand from 2009 to 2015.  With over 20 years of professional experience in operations, sales, marketing and business development, Dr. Chinveeraphan has an impressive track record of leading companies to increased productivity and developing satellite services for the telecommunications industry.

Paiboon Panuwattanawong, CEO at Thaicom, commented on Dr. Chinveeraphan’s appointment, saying, “Dr. Chinveeraphan combines a wealth of experience in all areas of the satellite industry. As Thaicom continues to expand, Dr. Chinveeraphan’s business savvy and industry experience driving business and brand strategy will only accelerate our momentum. He will help us push new strategic initiatives and pursue new business development opportunities. I am certain Dr. Chinveeraphan will be a great asset for Thaicom to stay ahead of the curve.”

Dr. Chinveeraphan commented, “I look forward to steering Thaicom’s growth agenda and helping bring strategic initiatives to fruition. The satellite industry is on the verge of change and so we have to develop our business and operations expertly to stay competitive. I could not be more excited to head Thaicom’s strategic direction at this time as we aim to pursue new business development opportunities across Thaicom’s markets.”

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