Archive for March, 2002

FIRST LISTING OF ISP ON THAI STOCK MARKET – OCTOBER 2001

Friday, March 22nd, 2002

The Thai Internet Service Provider, Roynet, has announced plans to become the first ISP in the country to be listed on the stock market. Following an Initial Public Offering (IPO) in mid October, trading in the newly listed company is scheduled to begin later in the month. The IPO, which represents 40% of the company’s shares, involves the issue of 4 million new shares and is expected to raise 20 million baht (US$500,000) to help fund its 100 million baht (US$2.5 million) nationwide expansion of Internet services.

The company does not see itself as a typical dot.com. A small but progressive provider of Internet services, it has been keen to emphasise its role as an infrastructure provider. Roynet Co holds 65% of the ISP’s 15 million baht registered capital, while the government’s Communications Authority of Thailand (CAT) has a mandatory 35% stake.

The large state-owned Internet service provider, Internet Thailand, is also planning to conduct an IPO early in November 2001.

For information on Internet in Thailand see also Web report Thailand – Internet, High-Speed Networks and E-Services .

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Of The World TV

Sunday, March 3rd, 2002

Of The World TV is a veteran niche video provider specialising in short and feature length documentaries from around the world.

Of The World TV first started publishing this sort of content back in 2002, and continues to serve up high-quality, low bandwidth video from its ever-increasing content bank.

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INTERNATIONAL BANDWIDTH MARKET WILL PICK UP IN 2003 – MARCH 2002

Friday, March 1st, 2002

Five years of frenzied network construction have resulted in a 21-fold increase in trans-Atlantic bandwidth and a 23-fold increase in trans-Pacific bandwidth, according to a report from research group TeleGeography. Companies such as Global Crossing blazed trails across the world’s oceans, but suffered when demand failed to increase as quickly as hoped.

Ambitious network builders, such as Global Crossing, were caught between falling prices, slowing demand, and difficult debt covenants. After spending billions to construct their networks, the companies’ costs could not easily be recouped with capacity prices declining 50 percent or more each year.

In the past year, investor sentiment has shifted from irrational exuberance to profound scepticism. However, TeleGeography’s research indicates that, although far less spectacular than once assumed, bandwidth demand growth remains robust. According to estimates based on reported capacity sales, the amount of purchased transoceanic submarine bandwidth roughly doubled in 2000 and 2001.

TeleGeography’s report, entitled ‘Submarine Bandwidth 2002’, documents a number of factors that may provide hope for the bandwidth industry:
Internet network bandwidth, which accounts for the majority of capacity purchases, roughly quadrupled in 1998 and 1999 and tripled from 2000 to 2001;
There are growing indications that bandwidth prices are finally stabilizing on some routes, particularly on trans-Atlantic routes;
Construction of new cables has slowed sharply, with only two cables scheduled to be deployed during 2002, one each in the Atlantic and Pacific.

In the short term, demand could not keep up with the extraordinary increases in network capacity. The current market turmoil obscures the fact that demand for bandwidth has continued to grow rapidly.

Once the market chaos finally does subside, investors will likely perceive what no one wanted to admit in the 1990s: when stripped of its "new economy" glamour, the old rules of competition still apply to the bandwidth industry. As with most companies in competitive markets, the surviving bandwidth suppliers will likely earn a respectable–if unspectacular–return on their capital investments.

Table 6 – Transoceanic bandwidth capacity (Gb/s) – 2000-2004

2000
2001
2002
2003
2004

Trans-Atlantic
537.4
1,862.4
2,682.4
3,729.1
4,775.8

Trans-Pacific
204.1
344.1
1,314.1
1,896.1
2,388.1

(Source: TeleGeography, Inc). Note: Capacity figures denote lit, protected capacity at the end of the respective year.

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DSL FORUM – MARCH 2002

Friday, March 1st, 2002

DSL Forum is a consortium of more than 300 leading industry players covering telecommunications, equipment, computing, networking and service provider companies.

Established in 1994, the Forum continues its drive for a global mass market for DSL broadband, to deliver the benefits of this technology to end users around the world over existing copper telephone wire infrastructures.

In seven years, DSL Forum has moved through defining the core Digital Subscriber Line technology to delivering maximum effectiveness in its deployment and use. More information on DSL Forum is available from its industry site www.dslforum.org. Information tailored to end-users is available on www.dsllife.com.

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MOBILE TOP UP AT ATMS – MARCH 2002

Friday, March 1st, 2002

Telecom prepaid mobile users who are also ANZ, ASB and WestpacTrust customers can top up their accounts at most of your bank’s ATM machines. Choose ‘Other Services’ and ‘Telecom Products’ — the machine will provide a receipt with the recharge number.

See web report: New Zealand — Mobile Communications

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