Beijing-based dockless shared bicycle operator Mobike Technology announced today it is entering the Thai market in strategic partnerships with Advanced Info Service (AIS), Central Pattana Group (CPN), and Kasetsart University (KU). The three partners signed MOUs with Mobike to jointly deliver smart, sustainable mobility solutions to Thailand's residents and visitors.
Mobike will first begin service in Thailand at Bangkok's Kasetsart University to provide students, faculty, and visitors easy mobility across the campus. Kasetsart University is one of Thailand's leading universities and its largest.
The smart bikes will also soon be found in strategic locations in cities across the country, including Central Pattana Group's retail properties, where consumers will have the convenience of riding Mobike as part of the first and last mile of their shopping excursions. Central World, the largest mall in Bangkok, is the first shopping mall to have Mobikes.
Mobike will launch in Thailand with a promotion of two free months of services sponsored by Central World and Kasetsart University. Following the promotional period, Mobike users will be charged the affordable price of THB 10 for 30 minutes.
AIS, Thailand's largest telecom operator, is Mobike's technology partner in extending its IoT network of smart bikes in the country. AIS's next generation network with advanced 4G and super WiFi technologies means Mobike's connectivity with its bikes and riders in Thailand is on the smartest and fastest network available.
Editor's Note: Late last month, Mobike rival Ofo also quietly launched in Bangkok. For more background, please see Ofo Launches Dockless Bike-sharing Service in Thailand, MD 7/31/17 issue.