Triple T Broadband, a wholly owned subsidiary of Thai telco TT&T, is expected to award a THB2 billion (USD52 million) contract to infrastructure providers Alcatel and Huawei Technologies to build the first phase of its planned nationwide next generation network (NGN). TT&T’s vice president for finance Prasitchai Kritsanayun-yong said that the French and Chinese equipment suppliers will roll out a broadband voice/data network in Bangkok and its surrounding metropolitan area, to be completed in the next eight months. The company will soon begin negotiations with vendors for the second phase of the network rollout, which will also cost around THB2 billion. Triple T has set aside a budget of THB6 billion (USD156 million) for the entire NGN.
Triple T was earlier this month granted a 20-year ‘Type 3’ licence for consumer services by the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC), covering all regions including Bangkok, the first of its type to be issued to a privately owned operator in the country. Parent TT&T currently provides fixed line and broadband services in provincial areas via a build-transfer-operate (BTO) licence with state-run incumbent telco TOT Corp.