Communications

Communications infrastructure

Government internet gateway plan sparks fury

Activists campaigning for internet freedom have slammed the government’s recent move to develop a single internet gateway to expand state control over online media. Last week, citizens learned of the government’s intention to build a single gateway, after it ordered the Ministry of Information and Communication ...

Junta mulls 'Great Firewall' for Thailand

Thailand’s junta is facing growing opposition over plans to introduce a single Internet gateway for the country to make it easier to monitor the web and block content. Tens of thousands of people have signed a petition against the proposal, which has been dubbed the “Great ...

Top cop says no capacity to convict

A high-ranking police official yesterday bemoaned Cambodia’s lack of capacity to fight cybercrime, just a week after the government’s announcement of a new Anti-Cybercrime Department prompted fears of an online clampdown on dissent.  Keep reading ...

China building its first international undersea cable with ASEAN

China is building its first international undersea cable that will carry information and data flow between the country and the ASEAN nations.  State-owned China Unicom is cooperating with Myanmar’s telecommunications operators to build the underwater cable, said Jiang Zhengxin, vice general manager of China United Telecommunications ...

Thailand bids to lure global giants

The Telecommunications Association of Thailand is to submit proposals by 31 August on the strategies and goals the government needs to transform Thailand into a digital hub in ASEAN. Keep reading ...

Flat-rate roaming deal signed with Cambodia

A single flat rate for international mobile roaming between Thailand and Cambodia is planned for early next year after an agreement was signed by telecom regulators from both countries. The pact between the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission and the Telecommunication Regulator of Cambodia is aimed ...

Thaicom set to seal mobile lead in Laos

Thaicom Plc’s mobile operating unit in Laos has seen its licence extended for another 25 years, six years before the expiry of the original contract. Thailand’s sole satellite service provider expects the extension granted to its joint venture company, Lao Telecom, to cement its leadership in the ...

Lao National Assembly passes draft law on the prevention of cybercrime

The Lao National Assembly (NA) passed a draft law on the prevention of cybercrime after it was raised for debate at the ongoing ordinary session of the parliament. The approved draft will be revised in accordance with recommendations made by the law makers during the debate. Widespread ...

State-owned telecom slashes landline fees as users go mobile

Burma’s state-owned Myanmar Posts and Telecommunications (MPT) on 15 July halved the price of landline phone installation after years of wringing the country’s monopolized communications market. The fixed phone rate has been pinned at a staggering 650,000 kyat (US$565) rate for more than a decade. Twenty years ...

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