Company Milestones
January

On 16 January 2015, the Committee of Thailand’s Private Sector Collective Action Coalition Against Corruption (CAC) adopted the resolution that THAICOM has been already passed the certify process as a member of CAC, and THAICOM is a certified company no.92 from overall 96 certified companies.

January

On 6 January 2014 by local time at Cape Canaveral, Florida, USA (Early morning of 7 January 2014 of Thai local time), the Company successfully launched its THAICOM 6 satellite into orbit at 78.5 Degrees East. The satellite has a service life expectancy of around 15 years. The THAICOM 6 satellite consists of 8 Ku-band transponders which provide service coverage of Thailand and Indo-China, and 18 C-band transponders which provide service coverage of Southeast Asia and Africa. However, on 31 January 2014, the Company already transferred the right of the ownership of THAICOM 6 satellite to the Ministry of Information and Communication Technology completely.

April

The Company started to broadcast digital satellite TV channels since the first day of the trial period. This was the initial important step of the transition of Thailand’s broadcasting industry, which was in accordance with the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission’s Must Carry rule.

The Company stepped forward THAICOM 8 Satellite project to support the growth of the country’s broadcasting industry and strengthen its competitiveness in the international market, and planned to be launched in the first half of 2016. On 29 April 2014 The Company’s Board of Directors approved the investment for THAICOM 8 project which will not exceed US$ 178.5 million. The Company signed on the agreement with the manufacturer of the satellite, and has been preparing for the ITU process to secure the additional frequency rights, and awarded a license for THAICOM 8 Satellite by the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC).

May

IPSTAR Japan Company Limited (IPJ), a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Company, launched a maritime broadband service for vessels to Ocean Trans Co., a Tokyo-based shipping company. It selected IPSTAR broadband service to provide its crew with reliable and cost-effective access to email and the Internet, thus boosting crew morale and productivity while at sea.

June

The Company acquired an additional 31,220 ordinary shares in IPSTAR Company Limited (IPSTAR) at USD 1 per share, equivalent to 0.02% of the paid-up share capital of IPSTAR, at a total price of USD 31,220. As a result of this acquisition, the Company owns interest in IPSTAR of 99.98%.

July

The Company received a perfect score of 100 on the AGM checklist 2014 form the Assessment Program in 2 consecutive years for listed Companies for the year 2014 by the Thai Investor Association.

In the results of the corporate Governance survey of Thai Listed Companies, according to the ASEAN Corporate Governance Scored guideline for 2013/2014, THAICOM was shortlisted as one of the Top 50 publicly listed companies in Thailand.

August

IPSTAR Australia Pty Limited (IPA), the Company’s wholly owned subsidiary, was selected by National Broadband Network Company Limited (NBN Company Limited) to expand additional Australian Government's National Broadband Network (NBN) project. IPA was ready to provide additional 9,000 NBN premises in order to cover families and businesses that could not access commercial broadband services today.

September

The Company successfully launched THAICOM 7 into orbit at 120 Degrees East on 7 September. THAICOM 7 is the cooperation project between the Company and Asia Satellite Telecommunications Company Limited (AsiaSat), The THAICOM 7 satellite consists of 14 C-band transponders which provide service coverage of Asia-Pacific and Australia.

Mrs. Suphajee Suthumpun, Director, Chairman of the Executive Committee and Chief Executive Officer, was awarded ‘2014 Satellite Executive of the Year in the Asia-Pacific’ at Asia-Pacific Satellite Communications (APSCC) Council 2014 Satellite Conference and Exhibition which was the organization’s tenth annual awards ceremony. Mrs. Suphajee Suthumpun turned the Company into profit for the first time in past five years since her first quarter at the company, and she has managed to continue the profitability for 12 consecutive quarters.

The Company had become the first in the Asia Pacific region to provide In-Flight Wi-Fi Onboard service by using Thaicom’s broadband satellite connecting with Wi-Fi. The Company and Nok Airlines Public Company Limited jointly provided Wi-Fi high speed internet via Ku-Band network to facilitated passengers in various flights.

October

The Company received a score of “Excellent” in the Corporate Governance Report of Thai Listed Companies for the year 2014 (CGR 2014) published by the Thai Institute of Directors (IOD).

November

The Company was shortlisted as one of 5 nominees in the Best Investor Relations category for the SET AWARDS 2014. The Company was recognized with an “Outstanding Investor Relations Awards” for a company with a market capitalization of between Baht 20-50 billion.

December

The Company continued to establish and encourage social responsibility programs by being main sponsor of "NASA – A Human Advanture" exhibition which is the first world space exhibition in South East Asia. The Company, in co-operation with NASA, had the main purpose to create children’s inspiration, imagination, and vision toward space and science.

January

The Company announced that it had reached a Framework Agreement with China Telecom Satellite Communications Limited (CTS) and Synertone Communication Corporation (Synertone) to proceed with the sale of IPSTAR Bandwidth in China. Under the Framework Agreement, THAICOM will sell all IPSTAR capacity available for China to Synertone, and will also be entitled to revenue sharing from bandwidth sales by Synertone in China. In addition, THAICOM will also take an equity stake in Synertone to strengthen the business partnership in the Chinese market.

THAICOM 4 (IPSTAR) became the first broadband satellite to provide commercial WIMAX backhaul services in Japan. After several months of systems testing, Japan’s UQ Communications installed WIMAX Base Stations using backhaul via the IPSTAR broadband satellite and is offering a commercial WIMAX service in several areas of Japan as one cost-effective method of extending coverage to underserved areas

April

TOT Public Company Limited extended its contract period with THCOM for another 8 years (2013-2021). TOT expanded the usage to enhance its efficiency as the leadership in the broadband business in Thailand and to support the public services for government projects across the country. TOT is still the sole provider of IPSTAR capacity in Thailand

May

THAICOM procured an interim satellite to provide services at the 78.5 degrees East orbital slot ahead of the launch of THAICOM 6. The satellite’s technical characteristics were sufficient to provide interim broadcasting capacity to customers.

THAICOM entered into a Cooperation Framework Agreement with Gilat Satellite Networks Limited, the global leader in satellite networking technology from Israel, to provide integrated platform solutions using Gilat’s ground system on THAICOM-4 (IPSTAR) in countries across Asia-Pacific where the system best suits customers. This cooperation is another step in Open Access Platform (OAP) strategy, which allows ground equipment vendors with efficient technology to access THAICOM-4 (IPSTAR), to provide customers with more choice and greater flexibility, and to better serve their requirements.

The Company’s Board of Directors approved the establishment of IPSTAR Japan Company Limited (IPJ). The registered capital of IPJ is JPY100,000,000, divided into 10,000 ordinary shares valued at JPY10,000 per share, and fully paid up. The Company holds 10,000 shares, equivalent to a 100% shareholding.

June

The Company was recognized by FinanceAsia, a well-respected Finance and Investment magazine in Asia, as “An Outstanding Thai Company of the Year” in three categories: ‘Best Middle Capitalization’ (#1), ‘Best CEO’ (#1), and ‘Best CSR’ (#6). The survey results were based on the response of top analysts and investors throughout Asia. The report of these rankings was published in FinanceAsia magazine’s June Issue

August

The Company received a perfect score of 100 on the AGM Checklist 2013 from the AGM Assessment Program for Listed Companies for the year 2013 by the Thai Investor Association

The Board of Directors approved THAICOM’s Anti-Corruption and Bribery Policy, and also signalled its intent to join “Thailand's Private Sector Collective Action Coalition Against Corruption” (Collective Anti-Corruption: CAC), an organization which coordinates with the private sector on the development and implementation of an Anti-Corruption framework and foster participation and cooperation with civil society, the media, and international organizations to foster transparent business transparency.

October

The Company received a score of “Excellent” in the Corporate Governance Report of Thai Listed Companies for the year 2013 (Corporate Governance Report 2013) published by the Thai Institute of Directors (IOD).

THAICOM signed an MOU with Kasetsart University to collaborate on satellite communication technology research and development under the “SATCOM On The Move” Project, which is a joint research and satellite communications technologies development project based on a partnership between students, researchers and THAICOM staff.

November

The Company was awarded outstanding corporate governance practice; the ‘Board of the Year Award 2013’, by the Thai Institute of Directors (IOD). The award honours boards of directors that perform their duties effectively in accordance with ‘Excellent’ practices

IPSTAR Company Limited started THAICOM 4 (IPSTAR) services in the People’s Republic of China effectively from October 16, 2013 onwards.

The Company was shortlisted as one of 5 nominees in the Best Investor Relations category for the ‘SET AWARDS 2013’. The Company was recognized with an “Outstanding Investor Relations Award” for a company with a market capitalization of between Baht 20-50 billion.

On 29 November 2013, the Company acquired additional shares in IPSTAR New Zealand Company Limited (IPN) by holding 100% shares in IPN.

January

Thaicom Public Company Limited’s Board of Directors announced the appointment of Ms. Suphajee Suthumpun as the Chairman of the Executive Committee in place of Mr. Somprasong Boonyachai who resigned from the position of Member of the Executive Committee, effective on 1 January 2012.

February

The Company received the “Board of The Year Award 2010/11” from The Thai Institute of Directors Association (Thai IOD). The award honors the Company’s Board of Directors for Good Corporate Governance and Management.

March

The Thaicom 6 satellite financing deal between Thaicom and Kasikorn Bank won the “Asia Pacific Communications Deal of the Year 2011” from Euromoney’s Project Finance magazine. This is the first time that a Thai satellite project was financed through a local commercial bank with a structure similarly to that of foreign Export Credit Agencies (ECA).

June

The National Broadcast, Television and Telecommunication Commission (NBTC) awarded Thaicom a 20-year Type III1 Telecom Services license to operate Thaicom 7. This is the first satellite to be operated under a license.

Thaicom 4 (IPSTAR) was recognized with an award from Japan’s Ministry of Information Communication on National Radio Wave Day. The award was granted for the support provided by IPSTAR in the immediate aftermath of the great earthquake in 2011. The award is a point of special pride for Thaicom, as it is the first Thai company in Asia to win this award.

August

Thaicom announced that Thaicom and VT iDirect (iDirect), Inc., a company of VT Systems, Inc. have signed a cooperation agreement that will provide IPSTAR’s customers with an alternative integrated solution based on the iDirect ground system platform using the Thaicom 4 broadband satellite. iDirect is a world leader in satellite-based IP communications technology.

Northern Sky Research (NSR), a world-renown company that conducts surveys on industrial satellite data, reported that Thaicom 4 (IPSTAR) is ranked number 1 in terms of market share in the world for High Through-put Satellite (HTS) service.

December

The World Teleport Association (WTA) announced the ranking of satellite and teleport service providers with the highest revenue growth. Thaicom is the 7th runner up in the world with a 24% revenue growth rate achieved in 2010-2011.

The Board of Director of the Company approved the incorporation of TC Broadcast Company Limited.

March

The Company received the “Corporate Social Responsibility” Award for Excellence 2011 from the World Teleport Association (WTA). The award is in recognition of a teleport or satellite operator whose technology, innovation and pro bono work has played a key role in enabling the broader society to become better as a result of its efforts.

May

IPSTAR Australia Pty Ltd (IPA) signed a contract with NBN Co., Ltd., (NBN Co) for Australia’s National Broadband Network’s Interim Satellite Service. The contract is valued at AUD 100 million over a period of five years.

The company signed an agreement with a subsidiary of MEASAT Global Berhad (MEASAT) for the Malaysian payload of the Thaicom 4 (IPSTAR) satellite. According to the agreement, the MEASAT subsidiary will secure a major portion of the IPSTAR capacity over Malaysia allowing the MEASAT subsidiary to become the IPSTAR National Satellite Operator (NSO) with exclusive rights to provide bandwidth capacity and its related broadband services in Malaysia.

The company announced that the Ministry of Information and Communication Technology (MICT) approved the Thaicom 6 satellite project. Thaicom 6 was launched on 6 January 2014.

July

Thaicom Plc’s Board of Directors announced the appointment of Ms. Suphajee Suthumpun as the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Company to replace Mr. Arak Chonlatanon. This appointment took effect on 1 August 2011.

November

Thaicom’s Board of Directors passed a resolution approving the appointment of Mr. Paiboon Panuwattanawong as a Member of the Executive Committee on 10 November 2011.

December

DTV Service Co., Ltd. sold all its shares in NTU (106,220 shares, or 88.52%), for the sum of Baht 0.15 million.

The Company acquired an additional 30% interest in Star Nucleus Co., Ltd., for USD 3, increasing its ownership from 70% to 100%.

The Company entered into a cooperation agreement with Asia Satellite Telecommunications Co., Ltd., to preserve the 120 degrees East orbital slot. The agreement will see the Company develop and launch a new satellite, named Thaicom 7. This new satellite will be launched into the 120 degrees East orbital slot in 2014.

April

A major deal was signed with a Japanese mobile operator to lease out 2Gbps of IPSTAR bandwidth in bulk to serve as a low-cost mobile backhaul solution.

July

The IPSTAR gateways in India were installed successfully.

November

DTV reached 1 million subscribers throughout the country

December

The Company signed an IPSTAR service agreement with Antrix Corporation Limited (Antrix), a wholly-owned company of the Government of India under the administrative control of the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO). Antrix has been using the IPSTAR services since September 2010