True unit gets clearance to use submarine cable

12 Sep 2006

Sky Office, a unit of True Corporation, has secured a clearance to use a submarine cable and lease circuits for service providers after getting a license to offer international gaetway services from the Thailand's National Telecommunications Commission.

Sky Office is the first private operator to receive the license, which is valid for 5 years. NTC chairman, Gen Choochart Promprasit said the awarding of the license would contribute greatly to market competition because it would give operators more opportunities to lease better quality and more appropriately priced services.

Sky Office will provide a connection service between IIGs and domestic Internet gateways by using a submarine cable network and leased circuits from overseas.

However, all outgoing traffic will still have to be routed through CAT Telecom's international gateway.

True chief executive Supachai Chearavanont said Sky Office would initially invest 200 million baht to establish connections with all Internet networks. It would begin providing four services by the fourth quarter of this year: international IP (Internet protocol) transit, domestic Internet exchange, international private leased circuits, and international IP virtual private networks.

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