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VOICE TV AXES 127 JOBS AMID PROGRAMME CUTS

Terrestrial digital TV channel operator Voice TV has laid off 127 employees, as a result of its planned reduction in the number of its TV programmes next year, it said in a statement yesterday,

The broadcaster's 2018 business plan will see an adjustment in programming, prompting the lay-offs

All of them will be compensated according to the labour law. The company will outsource work to some of them. The statement was signed by the company's chief executive officer Mekin Petchplai .

According to its statement, Voice TV will undertake the reorganisation and adjust the TV programming on January 1, in order to enhance its operations, in line with the 2018 business plan.

It added that despite the unfavourable political climate over the past four years and the impacts on its business from government broadcasting restrictions, the company has tried its best to keep the balance between upholding the freedom to broadcast news and information and the need to comply with state orders. 

This has enabled it to sustain its ability to provide quality content to the community. The unfavourable situation in the digital TV broadcasting sector has affected all broadcasters, including Voice TV.

The company will reduce the number of news analysis programmes in the two prime time slots but extend the airtime of these news analysis programmes. 

NTT AIMS TO LIFT REVENUE

NTT Communications expects double-digit revenue growth next year by focusing on six solutions.

Manabu Kahara, president of NTT Communications (Thailand), said the Thai economy and the information technology market would continue to grow next year. Businesses will look for innovation, digital transformation and new information technology to increase productivity and improve efficiency. 

NTT, therefore, will focus on six solutions and cutting-edge technology to meet the market demand. The areas are: data centre and disaster recovery (DC, DR), hybrid cloud, work-style renovation, 3D virtual desktop infrastructure (3D VDI), SAP, and security. For data centre and disaster recovery solutions, the firm will focus on enterprise businesses.

Meanwhile, under hybrid cloud, the firm will provide public and private cloud. It will also provide network infrastructure and software-defined network and technology to the market.

For work-style renovation, the firm will utilise communication and mobile service solutions to improve the productivity of its customers. 

Meanwhile, the 3D virtual desktop infrastructure (3D VDI) solutions will provide 3D computer-aided design (3D CAD) system via VDI and private cloud to support manufacturers who want to adopt new technology to develop new designs for their products while ensuring cost efficiency.

With SAP, it will adopt NTT’s cloud infrastructure to provide enterprise resource planning and business intelligence solutions. The company will also deliver security threat management solutions to companies. 

He said the firm also provides desktop as a service to provide virtual workspaces to support businesses that want to move away from physical to virtual desktops and help businesses explore new options to make the transition. - Jirapan Boonnoon

 

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