Thaicom was established on 7 November 1991, and the proud name THAICOM was graciously bestowed on the Company’s first satellite by King Bhumibol Adulyadej on 17 December 1991. The name Thaicom comes from “Thai Communications”, serving as a symbol of Thailand’s link to modern communications technology.
Thaicom Public Company Limited is listed on the Stock Exchange of Thailand under the trade symbol THCOM. At present, the Company has 1,098,902,540 ordinary shares, consisting of 1,095,937,540 issued and paid-up shares. At a book value of 5 baht per share, this results in 5,494,512,700 baht of registered capital and 5,479,687,700 baht of paid-up capital for the Company (as of 31 December 2015).
Networks for Sustainability
Over the past 24 years, Thaicom Public Company Limited has focused on innovating in business and technology, creating knowledge, and leveraging expertise and resources to raise the bar within the satellite and communications industries. To support growth in the age of the Digital Economy, when rapid information delivery is used to create economic value and develop quality of life, Thaicom must continually innovate, maintaining fresh and relevant services that meet the challenges and evolving demands of both the present and the future. With clear direction in sustainability, Thaicom is a leading Asian satellite operator that not only provides world-class satellite communications services, but grows alongside society as well.
Communication is one of life’s basic needs and is essential throughout every level of society. One could not reasonably deny that communication is essential to social and economic development and plays an ongoing role in creating a balanced and prosperous environment in every sector.
However, at present, many people still lack access to modern communications. This is one of Thaicom’s most significant challenges—helping to ensure that all groups of people have unlimited access to communications and the accompanying ability to pursue higher quality of life within their communities. Thaicom understands the importance of living in community and believes that cooperation between all segments of society is an essential force for driving organizations into the future and toward sustainable growth together.
Thaicom aims to be a leading Asian satellite operator, influencing and innovating communications on a global scale, providing products and services responsibly, and developing people and ethical practices to accommodate economic growth and cultivate a sustainable society.
- We commit to be a learning organization by nurturing employee competency and engagement.
- We commit to deliver superior and innovative satellite and connectivity solutions to enhance customers’ business capabilities and people’s quality of life.
- We commit to enhance shareholders’ growth with good corporate governance practices.
- We commit to enhance shared value for stakeholders and societies through our Sustainable Development (SD) framework.
“Create value for society by combining satellite communications technology with expertise to empower communities, raise the standard of living, nurture the environment, and improve quality of life.”
“Excellence in Technology, Passion to Challenge, Initiative in Innovation, Commitment to Contribute”
Thaicom’s vision is to be a leading Asian satellite operator, providing communications infrastructure that affords everyone the opportunity to access and benefit from satellite technology, and laying a foundation upon which businesses and society can grow sustainably. To make this vision reality, Thaicom appointed a Sustainable Development Committee (SDCOM) tasked with directing and overseeing the Company’s plans for sustainable development, both internally and externally, and ensuring plans are aligned with the Company’s business operations. SDCOM is composed of at least 5 members chosen from among the Company’s directors and senior executives and approved by the Executive Committee and the Board of Directors. The committee is responsible for planning and producing an annual sustainable development report to be used as a tool to communicate the Company’s sustainability progress to stakeholders, ensuring that the reporting process follows the guidelines set by the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI). SDCOM is also responsible for presenting information gathered during the reporting process and reporting the Company’s sustainability progress to the Board of Directors, so the management can direct adjustments to improve sustainable development within the organization.
Thaicom also has a Sustainable Development Working Group (SDWG) responsible for carrying out important processes to drive sustainable development. Examples of SDWG tasks include auditing, analyzing, and assessing sustainable development performance as well as revising strategies to ensure alignment with the Company’s sustainable development directions.
More details can be found at Thaicom Sustainability Report
Nature of Business and Income Structure
THAICOM’s business operations can be divided into 3 different main sectors as follows: (1) Satellite and Related Services (2) Internet and Media Services and (3) Telephone Services Abroad. Investment in all these businesses is considered long-term. Investment decisions are based mainly on the fundmentals of the particular business, including future business trends. The Company’s investment policy is to be the major shareholder in its investments. The aim is to have overall management authority and to set the business direction of its subsidiaries and associated companies.
The Company has a 30-year Domestic Communication Satellite Operation Agreement with the Ministry of Information and Communication Technology (MICT), expiring in 2021, to operate the national satellite communications project. Since its inception, the Company has launched the THAICOM 1, THAICOM 2, THAICOM 3 (THAICOM 1 - 3 have been decommissioned), THAICOM 4, THAICOM 5, THAICOM 6, THAICOM 7 and THAICOM 8 satellites.
- Telecommunications Business Type I License(1) for 5 years, valid from 16 August 2011 to 15 August 2016.
- Telecommunications Business Type III License(2) to providing satellite network operator service in satellite transponder leasing, for 20 years, valid from 26 June 2012 to 25 June 2032.
- License for Internet Services Type I to provide internet services without own network to end user, for 5 years starting from 7 May 2015 to 6 May 2020.
- Telecom Operation License Type I : a license granted to the telecommunications business operator who operates without his or her own network for telecommunications services which are deemed appropriate to be fully liberalized.
- Telecom Operation License Type III : a license granted to the telecommunications business operator who operates with his or her own network for telecommunications services intended for general public, or services which may cause a significant impact on free and fair competition or on public interest, or a service which requires special consumer protec
The Company has established subsidiaries, associates, and joint ventures to operate and provide satellite and related services as follows:
|Name||Type of Business|
|IPSTAR Company Limited||Providing THAICOM 4 transponder services|
|Spacecode LLC||Providing engineering and development services, technology and electronics|
|IPSTAR International Pte Limited||Providing THAICOM 4 transponder services and sale of satellite equipment for THAICOM 4|
|IPSTAR Australia Pty Limited||Providing THAICOM 4 transponder services and sale of user terminal for THAICOM 4 in Australia|
|IPSTAR New Zealand Company Limited||Providing THAICOM 4 transponder services and sale of user terminal for THAICOM 4 in New Zealand|
|Star Nucleus Company Limited||Providing engineering and development services, technology and electronics|
|IPSTAR Global Services Company Limited||Providing THAICOM 4 transponder services|
|TC Broadcasting Company Limited||Providing broadcasting and telecommunications services under a 15-year license granted by the NBTC to provide Satellite TV Broadcasting as a Network Provider without the use of frequency at the national level, from 4 March 2013 to 3 March 2028 and was granted the Telecommunication Business Type III License from NBTC to provide network and services for a period of 15 years starting from 10 November 2015 to 9 November 2030|
|IPSTAR Japan Company Limited||Providing THAICOM 4 transponder services and sale of user terminal for THAICOM 4 in Japan|
|Orion Satellites Systems Pty Limited||Providing satellite communication services and business solutions|
|International Satellite Company Limited||Providing THAICOM 7 and THAICOM 8 transponder services|
|CS LoxInfo Public Company Limited||Providing uplink-downlink television transponder and Internet services via satellite under a concession agreements with CAT Telecom Public Company Limited (CAT) (Formerly name is the Communications Authority of Thailand (CAT)) for 22 years, from 9 August 1994 to 8 August 2016|
The Company is a provider of Internet and media services through its subsidiaries, associated companies, and joint ventures as described below:
|Name||Type of Business|
|DTV Service Company Limited (formerly, Shin Broadband Internet (Thailand) Company Limited)||Providing meeting centers via Internet and broadband content ervices and sale of direct television equipment. DTV was granted by the NBTC as follows :
|Cambodian DTV Network Limited||Sale of direct television equipment in Cambodia|
|Lao Telecommunications Company Limited||Providing fixed line, mobile phone, public phone, public international facilities and Internet services in Lao People’s Democratic Republic|
|CS LoxInfo Public Company Limited||Operates ICT business by providing distinguished internet, computer and telecommunication services under the license was granted by the NBTC as follows:
|Teleinfo Media Public Company Limited||Provide advertising platform through Print, Website, PC, Mobile for individual and business users|
|AD Venture Public Company Limited||Content provider through mobile phone and community portal services, and other business relating to internet businesses|
- Telecom Operation License Type I means Service Providers who give a service without their own network for telecommunications services which are deemed appropriate to be fully liberalized
- Telecom Operation License Type III : a license granted to the telecommunications business operator who operates with his or her own network for telecommunications services intended for general public, or services which may cause a significant impact on free and fair competition or on public interest, or a service which requires special consumer protection.
- A license to operate voice or TV broadcast on networks without the use of frequency at the national level.
- A license to operate TV satellite services includes:
- License to operate TV Broadcasting for channel D-Channel, for 2 years starting from 28 January 2014 to 27 January 2016
- License to operate TV Broadcasting for channel TV Lao, for 2 years starting from 24 November 2015 to 23 November 2017
- License to operate TV Broadcasting for channel Lao Star, for 2 years starting from 28 January 2014 to 27 January 2016
- License to operate TV Broadcasting for channel Lao PSTV, for 1 year starting from 13 July 2015 to 12 July 2016
- License to operate TV Broadcasting for channel LNTV3, for 1 year starting from 13 July 2015 to 12 July 2016
- License to operate TV Broadcasting for channel Bayon TV, for 1 year starting from 9 March 2015 to 8 March 2016
- License to operate TV Broadcasting for channel TVK, for 1 year starting from 13 July 2015 to 12 July 2016
- Internet Operation License Type I means Internet Service Providers who give a service without own network, i.e. internet service or other service as the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) think a proper.
- Internet Operation License Type II IIG license represents a license to provide international gateway internet access services and internet networks which the service providers need to have their own telecommunication infrastructure.
The Company is a provider of telephone services through an investment in Shenington Investments Pte Ltd. (Shen), which is a holding company. Its main objective is to invest in international telecommunications. Currently, Shenington has invested in one company:
|Name||Type of Business|
|Lao Telecommunications Company Limited||A joint venture company with the government of the Lao People’s Democratic Republic, this company has a 25-year license, expiring in 2021, to provide cellular phone, 3G, fixed line telephone through the Public Switched Telephone Network (PSTN), fixed wireless telephone CDMA-450, public telephone, international roaming, international telecom (i.e. VoIP), and value-added services for mobile telephones.|