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Advanced Info Service
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Advanced Info Service Public Company Limited
Traded as SET: ADVANC
Founded 24 April 1986 in Thailand
Founders Thaksin Shinawatra
Headquarters 414 Intouch Tower Phaholyothin Road, Samsen Nai, Phayathai, Bangkok, Thailand
Area served Thailand
Services Mobile telephony
Revenue Increase BT฿143.65 billion (2013)
Profit Increase BT฿36.27 billion (2013)
Total assets Increase BT฿112.02 billion (2013)
Total equity Increase BT฿45.75 billion (2013)
Employees 8,000+ (2009)
Parent InTouch plc
Advanced Info Service Public Company Limited is Thailand's largest GSM mobile phone operator with 35 million customers as of March 2013.  Founded in April 1986, AIS started off as a computer rental business. In October 1990, it launched analog 900 MHz mobile phone services with a 20 year monopoly concession from the Telephone Organization of Thailand, and later became the first company allowed to operate on the GSM 900 frequency. Followed by acquiring Shinawatra Paging in June 1992.
The highly profitable company is controlled by the Intouch plc (formerly Shin Corporation), headed by Temasek Holdings, a Singapore government owned agency. AIS is listed on the Stock Exchange of Thailand on 5 November 1991. As of 23 December 2011, InTouch plc holds 40.45% of the total shares of the company and Singapore Telecommunications (also majority held by Temasek together) together with Thai Trust Fund and OCBC Nominees holds a 23.32% stake.
Temasek bought AIS brand through the 2006 acquisition of the then known - Shin Corporation from the ousted Former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra.
In February 2014, in a conflict opposing and the People's Democratic Reform Committee and the Shinawatra, the PDRC called for a company boycott, wrongly believed to be owned by the Shinawatra family.
Advanced Contact Center Company Limited (ACC) - Operate AIS Call Center 1175 and 1148
Advanced Datanetwork Communications Company Limited (ADC) - Provide Online Data Communication service via telephone lines under the name "Datanet", licensed by TOT
DataNetwork Solutions Company Limited (DNS) - Provide Online Data Communication service via telephone lines under the name "Datanet"in the provincial area.
Services and coverage
As of March 2013, AIS is the largest network in Thailand with 35 million subscribers. (Coverage Map) In addition to post pay services, AIS offers prepaid services under the 12Call brand. The worldwide access number for the AIS call center is +66-2271-9000.
Currently data is provided in both time based and volume based packages, with daily unlimited packages starting at 49 THB.
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