AIS and Research In Motion Join Forces to Deliver BlackBerry to Corporate Customers in Thailand


Advanced Info Service Plc. (AIS) and Research In Motion today announced plans to offer BlackBerry, a leading wireless platform, to mobile professionals in Thailand. BlackBerry is expected to be available to AIS corporate customers starting later this year. Mr Somchai Lertsutiwong, Vice President-Wireless Service Business of Advanced Info Service Public Company Limited, disclosed that, “AIS has continually delivered business solutions to provide corporate customers with a broad spectrum of services ideal for commerce in every business segment. BlackBerry is a popular communication solution for mobile professionals worldwide and AIS is pleased to work with Research In Motion to bring BlackBerry to Thailand. AIS plans to launch BlackBerry to corporate customers by the end of this year.”

“BlackBerry provides the best combined email, phone and data solution for mobile users and its superior engineering has fuelled the rapid adoption of BlackBerry within companies and government organizations around the world,” said Mr. Norm Lo, Vice President, Asia Pacific at RIM. “In addition, BlackBerry provides a secure, robust and extensible platform for a wide range of wireless enterprise applications. We are very pleased to work with AIS to bring BlackBerry to corporate customers in Thailand.”

BlackBerry will enable AIS customers to wirelessly access e-mail, phone, text messaging, Internet, organizer and corporate data applications from a single, integrated device. By using BlackBerry to access email and other corporate applications, customers will be able to increase productivity and flexibility for both individuals and workgroups.

For corporate customers, BlackBerry Enterprise Server(TM) tightly integrates with Microsoft(R) Exchange, IBM Lotus(R) Domino(TM) and Novell GroupWise(TM) and works with existing enterprise systems to enable secure, push-based, wireless access to e-mail and other corporate data.

BlackBerry is now available on wireless networks around the world with over 3 million subscribers using BlackBerry services today.

Mr Lertsutiwong also emphasized additional benefits of this service to AIS customers:

- Ability to work with e-mail anytime, anywhere

- Ability to make prompt business decisions anytime, anywhere

- Ability to extend existing systems to mobile users, including CRM, ERP, business intelligence, document management and more

- Turn downtime to productivity times

- MNCs with foreign branches using the BlackBerry platform will enjoy convenience and consistency in countries around the world where roaming agreements exist with AIS(i).

Pricing and details for the BlackBerry offering from AIS will be available at a later date.

(i)Check with AIS for roaming services.

About Advanced Info Service

Advanced Info Service Public Company Limited (AIS), a subsidiary of Shin Corporation PCL., is the established leader in Thailand’s wireless communications industry after more than twelve years of services with its subscribers based more than 16 millions and market share more than 60%.

To date, the AIS service network covers 795 districts (amphur) throughout Thailand, plus international roaming across six continents. Additionally, indoor coverage has been greatly expanded in both Bangkok and the provinces. AIS has continuously enhanced and expanded its network in order to respond to the market and technological advances, whilst keeping abreast of consumers’ growing demands and needs. It continues to integrate the latest in advanced technology and deliver more than just voice communication, with GPRS and EDGE technology.

AIS strongly believe that wireless communications bring changes to the way Thai people live their life, regardless of who they are and what they do. With endless communications possibilities, the quality of life is better. Visit our web site at