Asian satellite operator Thaicom Public Company Limited (SET Thailand: THCOM) has signed an agreement with Amazon Web Services, Inc. (AWS) which will allow Thaicom to produce high-quality video streams for distribution to its national and worldwide customers.
Under the agreement, Thaicom and AWS will collaborate on building and deploying Thaicom’s first cloud-based satellite TV broadcast distribution platform for Asia Pacific. The broadcast platform will consist of cloud services providing software-defined encoding, transcoding, and statistical multiplexing capabilities leveraging AWS Elemental media services. Thaicom is using AWS Elemental media services to help scale its business, enhance customer experiences, and support development of Thailand’s broadcast industry landscape.
Thaicom is also using AWS to help establish its earth observation data analytics platform and to support Thaicom’s new space economy initiative. Using AWS to help power the Thaicom data analytics platform will also help diversify Thaicom’s reach across new verticals including government and private sectors in agriculture, maritime, energy, healthcare, and education. By working together, Thaicom and AWS can help Thaicom’s customers easily ingest data from space and provide analytics from satellite imagery for business owners to leverage and make fast business decisions.
Patompob (Nile) Suwansiri, Thaicom’s Chief Executive Officer, commented, “This agreement marks the beginning of a successful, long-term collaboration between Thaicom and AWS. I am confident that advancing our satellite TV broadcast platform using the world’s leading cloud will deliver innovative broadcast solutions and provide our customers with end-to-end solutions built on AWS. Beyond the satellite business, Thaicom sees opportunities in driving the emerging space sector with cloud. AWS helps us develop an earth observation data analytics platform and bring innovations to strengthen our position as a leader in satellite and space technology in the digital era.”
Clint Crosier, Director of Aerospace and Satellite Solutions, AWS commented, “Leading satellite communications providers like Thaicom are digitally transforming their operations by using AWS to deliver better customer experiences and simplify service deployments. The collaboration between Thaicom and AWS will help accelerate private and public sector innovation using AWS’s advanced cloud capabilities like data analytics, and help Thaicom grow into new markets to further support their space and satellite customers.”
The cloud deal comes hot on the heels of a partnership agreement between Thaicom and Globalstar, Inc. (NYSE American: GSAT), a global Low Earth Orbit (LEO) satellite operator and provider of satellite IoT solutions and mobile satellite services, to collaborate on the establishment and operation of Globalstar’s LEO ground facilities in Thailand and regional commercial service deployment, with a focus on personnel safety and management solutions for Thailand’s Tourism and Maritime industry.
According to the agreement, Thaicom and Globalstar will collaborate to develop and operate ground station facilities in Thailand at Thaicom’s Teleport Center, located in Pathumthani Province, for Globalstar’s LEO satellite constellation. The infrastructure and services of the ground station will enable the deployment of commercial LEO satellite services by Globalstar in the region. The partners intend to commercialize services and solutions aimed at encouraging personnel life safety and management for tourism in Thailand as well as the maritime industry in the region. The services will ensure safety and enhance the development of maritime and tourism security. The collaboration will also provide an opportunity for LEO satellite business expansion in Thailand and the region.
Patompob (Nile) Suwansiri, Thaicom’s Chief Executive Officer, stated that “We are very pleased to partner with Globalstar. This collaboration is a strategic move in expanding our portfolio of cooperation with leading global LEO operators which will complement our existing satellite services. Our experience and expertise in the satellite industry, along with Globalstar’s world-class services for Personnel Safety & Management will serve to provide our customers with advanced satellite solutions for the digital era. We believe this strategic alliance between the two companies will lay the foundation for a long-term relationship and sustainable growth in the satellite industry in this region.”