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TT&T introduces high-speed ‘Max Net’

German aid programs for Thailand

TT&T introduces high-speed ‘Max Net’

Saksit Meesubkwang

In an all-bells-and-whistles launch on July 1, telephone company TT&T went into the ISP business, with the introduction of a nationwide broadband service.

The launch included video conference link-ups with both Phuket and Chiang Mai, via the Internet, as a way to demonstrate what may be achieved with TT&T’s new system.

The company boasts that high-speed Internet access is now available for 1.5 million provincial fixed line telephone numbers nationwide. “Max Net”, TT&T’s latest product, offers high-speed broadband Internet access at a 256/128kbps transfer rate for 590 baht a month, or a 512/256kbps transfer rate for 790 baht.

Suroj Lamsam, senior vice-president of TT&T’s Marketing and Service Group said, “Max Net provides unlimited use in terms of time, no [call] charges, and users can still make calls while online. This is a winning package.”

“TT&T foresees the continual growth of broadband and Internet businesses, so we are focusing on the development of signal channels and networks,” he added. TT&T currently provides 50,000 ports for broadband users nationwide. It expects to have 100,000 ports by year-end and is aiming for 300,000 by 2007.

Prachuab Tantinon, president & CEO of TT&T said that, whereas in the past 13 years the company had simply provided telephone services, now, “TT&T wants to support learning via the Internet and, with Max Net, we aim to provide access that satisfies our customers.”

German aid programs for Thailand

German Ambassador Andreas von Stechow and the director general of Thailand International Development Cooperation Agency, Piamsak Milintachinda, have signed agreements on German aid programs.

The German Technical Cooperation (GTZ) and the Thai International Cooperation Agency (TICA) will be the executing agencies of this program that was designed in collaboration with the Ministry of Industry and the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment.

The German government will provide funds totaling up to 10 million euro (500 million baht).

Activities run by GTZ under the umbrella of the new program include:

- Training for bank-officials to promote credit schemes for tangerine producers in Northern Thailand and palm oil factories in the South. Special emphasis will be given to the development of credit line promoting the use of new technologies in fruit and vegetable processing.

- Encouragement of producers of longan, mulberry paper and tangerines to employ environmentally friendly production technologies through small credit-facilities and counseling.

- Counseling for more than 400 SMEs in Phuket and Phang Nga after the Tsunami resulting in revised business plans, debt rescheduling and 22 signed credit agreements to a total of 380 million baht by the SME Bank.

In addition to these programs GTZ is running two projects dealing with disaster risk management and environmentally compatible rehabilitation of tsunami affected areas. These projects were approved by the German Government after the tsunami and have a total value of 800,000 euro (40 million baht).