Pacific Internet plans to provide voice calls in Thailand

14 Aug 2006

Pacific Internet Thailand has jumped on the bandwagon to provide VoIP and WiMAX wireless broadband services, paving the way for it to become a 'triple-play' provider of Internet, TV or video on demand, and telephone services.

The move is in line with the strategic policy of its Nasdaq-listed parent company to expand its value-added services and catch up with the booming IP trend.

Julie Nicholls, VP for group marketing of Pacific Internet in Singapore, said the group was giving priority to offering VoIP services on a mass scale in Asian countries, including Thailand, after securing a footprint in Singapore, Hong Kong and Australia.

'We are considering a significant investment on the VoIP network platform, both for voice and radio packets. Installation of the infrastructure would take up to two years to be completed,' Nicholls said.

Nicholls said Thailand, along with China, India and Indonesia, is considered one of the most exciting countries for Pacific Internet in terms of business potential and revenue growth.

The company is using the Thai operating unit as a business model to expand its reach into Vietnam and Indonesia.

Nicholls said the group was also shifting to focus more on the lucrative corporate market this year.

Pacific Internet further said VoIP was expected to become a main revenue stream for the company over the next three years.

In the first half of this year, Pacific Internet Thailand posted 30% growth in revenue, compared with 55% for the entire 2005 and 70% in 2004.

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