Published on October 13, 2007
The board of CAT Telecom is unhappy with president Phisal Chorpokaudom's performance because of his indecisiveness, said a source at the state agency.
The board evaluated the one-year performance of the president yesterday. Phisal took office last November 21.
The source said the board would convene next Friday to decide Phisal's fate.
Up till now, CAT has yet to impose a fine on China's telecom equipment supplier Huawei Technologies
for alleged late delivery of the complete phase two of network installation. According to the network installation contract, the fine is Bt90 million per day for the project's late delivery.
Huawei installed a Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) 2000 1-x cellular network in 51 provinces
for CAT and delivered the second phase to CAT by the deadline of January 26.
CAT interpreted the installation contract to mean that the entire network, plus the required high-speed software, had to be delivered by the deadline.
Huawei came up with a different interpretation of the contract, which it said stated that Huawei had to deliver the second phase by January 26, while the required complementary high-speed software would be completely installed in the network next year. Currently, Huawei is in the process of fine-tuning its position in the dispute with CAT.
CAT has also yet to reach a conclusion with Hutchison-CAT on possible marketing collaboration between their two separate networks. Hutch, the joint venture of CAT and Hong Kong's telecom giant Hutchison Telecom, has offered cellular service via a separate CDMA network in 25 provinces.
CAT has targeted the CDMA cellular service to be its main revenue source in the future.
In a separate matter, Defence deputy permanent secretary Saprang Kalayanamitr yesterday said he had no plan to resign from his posts as chairman of TOT and Airports of Thailand until the new government takes office.
But he declined to say whether he was satisfied with the performances of both state agencies after nine months in office.
TOT achieved a net profit of just over Bt4 billion during the first eight months of this year, indicating it may well fall short of its year-end target of Bt8.168 billion.