Dr. Pairash Thajchayapong Chairman Of The Board
Ifct Tower, Floor 10-12, 1768 New Petchburi Road
Tel : 02 257-7000
Fax :02 257-7222
E-mail : [email protected] [email protected]
Website : http://www.inet.co.th
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Internet Thailand, or INET-TH, is a joint venture between the
National Science and Technology Development Agency (NSTDA), the Communications
Authority of Thailand (CAT) and the Telephone Organization of Thailand (TOT),
which have shareholdings of 34%, 33% and 33% respectively. As a commercial
service administered by the National Electronics and Computer Technology Center
(NECTEC), it was created to provide Thailand with a large-bandwidth
internetworking infrastructure and high-quality Internet access service.
The enterprise was a natural progression from the academic and research network
run by NECTEC under the name ThaiSarn (Thai Social/Scientific, Academic and
Research Network). While ThaiSarn continues to be the fastest-growing academic
network in Thailand, Internet Thailand has provided public access to the
Internet for all sectors: commercial, academic, research, government, and
Internet Thailand was granted an ISP license by CAT in September 1994, and
officially began operation as Thailand's first commercial Internet service
provider on March 1, 1995. Its main strength derives from the strong
technological background of NECTEC, solid back-up for international bandwidth
from CAT and ample supply of local land lines for corporate customers from both
TOT and CAT.
During its initial period of operation, NECTEC acted as the managing partner
while preparations were made to incorporate the service as a limited company. On
May 14, 1996, the Cabinet approved the establishment of Internet Thailand
Company Limited as proposed by the Ministry of Science, Technology, and Energy (MoSTE).
Key provisions in the Cabinet decision were that:
in addition to NSTDA's investment, CAT and TOT would each be responsible for an
equal share of the company's equity;
the company would have the status of a State Enterprise company.
the company would establish its own rules and regulations, and must be
privatized two years after incorporation;
the company would be entitled to seek investment promotion privileges from the
Board of Investment.
The services of Internet Thailand are collectively known as "Internet Thailand
Services", or ITS. While maintaining very close ties with NECTEC, Internet
Thailand runs its own Network Operations Center and computer room on the 12th
floor of the Bangkok Thai Tower Building. The company is not funded, subsidized
or protected by the government in any way.