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Govt, AIS offer free Wi-Fi

The Information and Communications Technology Ministry and Advanced Info Service yesterday joined forces to launch "ICT Free Wi-Fi for the Public" with 50,000 hot spots using the existing Wi-Fi service of AIS and its Wi-Fi partner 3BB. People can register at

The ministry aims to expand the hot spots from 30,000 currently to 100,000 nationwide this year, 250,000 by the second quarter of next year and 400,000 in 2015.

Egco stake in Gidec

Electricity Generating (Egco) has acquired half of Gidec Co, the developer of the Hat Yai municipal-waste power-plant project, for Bt200 million.

Sahust Pratuknukul, president of the country's first independent power producer, said yesterday that the electricity generated from Hat Yai's waste would be supplied to the grid. The Bt800-million plant, with installed capacity of 6.7 megawatts, is in the municipality's sanitary landfill.

Under a non-firm power purchase agreement with the Provincial Electricity Authority, the very small power producer is subsidised by an adder of Bt3.50 per kilowatt-hour for seven years starting from its commercial operation date, which is scheduled for next April.

Insurer goes public

Muang Thai Life Assurance has transformed itself into a public company as of yesterday.

Sara Lamsam, president and CEO, said the company had no plan to list on the Stock Exchange of Thailand and its shareholder and management structures remained intact.

Nothing has changed in the company's life-insurance conditions, coverage and compensation.

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