State-backed wireless operator Thai Mobile is reported to be looking for a foreign partner to jointly develop a national network for its 3G service. The company’s chairman Kraisorn Pornsutee says he is keen to approach any operators interested in installing the system and entering into a revenue sharing agreement with the company. Thai Mobile, a joint venture of TOT Corp and CAT Telecom, currently operates in the 1900MHz band, but has held a 3G concession since 1999. With the country’s telecoms regulator looking to issue a further three UMTS licences, Thai Mobile is finally installing 3G equipment in some provinces at a cost of THB3 billion – a process it hopes to complete next year. It has around 180,000 2G subscribers, but has suffered as a result of its lack of nationwide coverage meaning it has to offer nationwide roaming through partner deals with AIS.