THCOM’s shares are traded on the Stock Exchange of Thailand
and also participates in an ADR program with the Bank of New York Mellon.
Stock Exchange of Thailand (SET) : THCOM
Bloomberg : THCOM TB
Reuters : THCOM.BK
Our fiscal year follows the calendar year. We release earnings on a quarterly basis. Results are released 45 days after the end of the quarter and 90 days after the end of the year. In addition, THAICOM also participates in the Stock Exchange of Thailand’s Opportunity Day presentations held live at the SET, usually within one week after the official quarterly results have been released.
Thaicom’s business operations can be divided into 3 different main sectors as follows:
1. Satellite and Related Services; Thaicom’s satellite fleet can be divided into 2 types as follows:
- Conventional Satellite
- Broadband Satellite (High Throughput Satellite or HTS)
2. Internet and Media Services
- ICT business : providing distinguished internet, computer and telecommunication services
- Advertising Business integrating publications and websites (YellowPages)
- Mobile Content and Website Business
- Sales of Satellite Receiver Sets and Related Services in Cambodian
3. Telephone Services Abroad; The Company offers telephone services through its investment in Shenington Investments Pte Ltd., a holding company registered in Singapore. The only subsidiary under Shenington is Lao Telecommunications Co., Ltd.
The Company currently operates 5 satellites as consist;
– 1 Broadband satellite : THAICOM 4 (IPSTAR)
– 4 Conventional satellites : THAICOM 5, THAICOM 6 THAICOM 7 and THAICOM 8
The specifications of THAICOM’s satellite fleet are as follows:
- Conventional Satellite
A conventional satellite is a satellite that provides fixed satellite services (FSS) or traditional C-band and Ku-band transponder leasing services, whereby a signal is transmitted from an earth station, amplified, and retransmitted down to the earth’s surface in the shape of the designed coverage area (the satellite’s footprint). The signal can then be received by the other earth station(s) anywhere under the satellite’s footprint – allowing broadcasters and telecommunications operators to benefit from the satellite’s nationwide and cross-regional coverage. The Company often calls this type of satellite a broadcast satellite, as it mainly focuses on the broadcast segment.
- Broadband Satellite or High throughput Satellite (HTS)
A broadband satellite or High Throughput Satellite (HTS) is primarily designed to provide broadband Internet access services (point-to-point). By using high level frequency re-use and spot beam technology, HTS usually provides much more total throughput than a conventional satellite for the same amount of allocated orbital spectrum, thus significantly reducing cost per megabit per second (Mbps). In addition, HTS can offer services to government and enterprise markets, as well as to terrestrial cellular network operators who face growing demand for broadband backhaul solutions.
- Thaicom 1 – 6 are operated under concession scheme
On September 11, 1991, the Ministry of Transport and Communications (now the Ministry of Information and Communications Technology or MICT) granted the company a 30-year Build-Transfer-Operate concession. The Agreement expires in 2021. The Company has the right to build, launch and operate satellites with a requirement that the Company pay the Ministry of Information and Communication Technology an agreed percentage of the Company’s annual gross revenue earned from the transponder business, or a minimum remuneration, whichever is higher. The revenue share increases incrementally over the period of the concession from 5.5% to 22.5%. Under the Agreement, the Company must transfer ownership of the satellites, satellite control station, and all related operational equipment once the construction and installations are complete, to the MICT.
- Thaicom 7 and 8 are operated under License scheme
The Company was also granted Telecommunications Business license from The National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (“NBTC”) to providing satellite network operator service in satellite transponder leasing, for 20 years, valid from 26 June 2012 to 25 June 2032. Under the license, the Company pays the NBTC an agreed percentage of annual gross revenue earned from the transponder business, or a minimum remuneration, whichever is higher. The revenue share is a flat rate of 5.25% over the period of the license.
No less than 40% of stand-alone Net Profit after legal reserve (if any), and shall not exceed the retained earnings as shown in the Company’s Financial Statement.