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Thaicom Strengthens Q1 2015 Performance

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Moving Forwards with "Connecting the Future" Strategy

Nonthaburi, Thailand, May 08, 2015 – Thaicom, one of Asia’s leading satellite operators, today released its operating results for Quarter 1 of 2015, recording a consolidated net profit of 540 million Baht – a 35.3 per cent increase when compared with results from the first quarter of 2014.

For the same period in 2015, consolidated revenue from the sale of goods and rendering of services totaled 3,074 million Baht, an increase of 229 million Baht (8.0 per cent) compared to 2,845 million Baht in Quarter 1 of 2014.

Suphajee Suthumpun, Chief Executive Officer at Thaicom, said: “The first quarter of 2015 has been another solid quarter for Thaicom and resulted in an operating profit (EBIT), mainly due to revenue growth from THAICOM-7 which has been generating income since November 2014. Our value-added services, for examp le, teleport services including tape playout and digital signal compression, and sales of satellite equipment to broadcasting satellite operators have also contributed to these results.”

The revenue growth achieved mainly came from Thaicom’s satellite, Internet services and media businesses, as well as efficient selling and administrative expense control. Thaicom will now move forward with its strategy for 2015, “Connecting the Future”, which will connect all key parts of the business. More HD channels will also be made available to Thaicom customers and further developments in UHD will be made throughout 2015.

“As we head further into 2015, the future and connecting our customers to it will be a key focus for us. Our sustained growth is fueled by new partnerships and acquisitions, allowing us to serve the individual needs of each customer more effectively and efficiently than ever before. Our long-term aim continues to be to realize ubiquitous connectivity through our technology and we are committed to taking every possible measure to achieve this,” Suphajee added.

In other areas of Thaicom’s operations, its Internet and media subsidiary, CS Loxinfo PLC (CSL) saw a continued increase in the number of subscribers for corporate leased lines and Internet Data Center (IDC), with a growth of 1 per cent and 4 per cent from the previous quarter, respectively. This was due to the growth of new customers and bandwidth usage for corporate customers.

DTV, Thaicom’s Direct to Home (DTH) operator, will focus on new products and services including “Digital Head-End” solutions for cable TV and IPTV operators, hotels, condominiums, and educational institutions, targeting customers who decide to upgrade from analog to digital, reducing their investment costs.

Lao Telecommunications Co., Ltd. (LTC), Thaicom’s telephone operation in the Lao PDR has successfully increased its mobile phone subscriber base, thus maintaining its leading market position with 47.48 per cent market share, up from 46.93 per cent at the end of 2014. Furthermore, the company could significantly increase the number of Internet subscribers, especially Code-Division Multiple Access (CDMA) and High Speed Packet Access (HSPA) Fixed Wireless subscribers.

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About THAICOM
THAICOM Public Company Limited, a leading Asian satellite operator, was established in 1991.  The Company was the first to launch a broadband satellite in the world, and is a leader in developing integrated solutions for satellite broadband and broadcast services.  The Company’s engineering teams provide leading-edge innovative solutions for satellite-based telecommunications services. Since its establishment the Company has launched seven satellites, with four satellites in operation: THAICOM 4 (IPSTAR) provides a variety of broadband and data services, including cellular backhaul, mobility, government USO support, content delivery, business continuity and emergency services in thirteen countries in Asia Pacific. THAICOM 6 is to expand the Company’s broadcast carrying capacity in SE Asia and Africa (by the name “AFRICOM 1”) and is collocated with THAICOM 5 at 78.5 degrees East; the satellites board a combined 700 TV channels both in SD and HD formats. THAICOM 7 was launched in September 2014 to provide media & data services for Asia’s and Australasia’s entertainment and telecom industries at 120 degrees East. THAICOM 8 will be launched in 2016 to expand Thaicom’s servicing capacity and footprint in the region. 

THAICOM is traded on the Stock Exchange of Thailand (SET) under the trade symbol “THCOM”.

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Thitipa Laxanaphisuth 0-2596-5041, 09-8584-6880 thitipal@thaicom.net
Sujittra Yingpoemmongkol 0-2596-5060 Ext. 8493, 0990-045-045 sujittray@thaicom.net
Kanthamanee Maneepark 0-2596-5060 Ext. 8407, 08-1346-5252 kanthamaneem@thaicom.net