Telenor’s DTAC links with iTV for news clips downloads

Telenor’s mobile phone operation in Thailand, Total Access Communications (DTAC), has joined rival and market leader, Advanced Info Service (AIS), in offering a video news clip service as part of its efforts to boost revenues.
     DTAC announced last week it had signed an agreement with Shineedotcom and free-to-air TV operator, Independent TV (iTV), to offer the download of news clips via high-speed General Packet Radio Service (GPRS) wireless data transmission. The I-News content will be divided into local and international news, entertainment news, sports, and traffic information.
     DTAC’s Pakorn Pannachet added the company is holding talks with other TV stations to provide video news access.
     AIS began offering a similar service in June 2002, also through Shineedotcom, iTV, and TV operator, Bangkok Broadcasting and Television Co (BBTV), which oversees management of free-to-air station, Channel 7. Three thousand subscribers have since taken up the service.

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