CAT’s CDMA2000 1x rollout threatened by southern unrest

19 Sep 2006

Thailand’s CAT Telecom says that the ongoing unrest in three southern provinces has delayed its CDMA2000 1x mobile network expansion, and may force it to miss deadlines, writes the Bangkok Post. CAT’s deputy president Phisal Jorphocha-udom said network construction in Pattani, Yala and Narathiwat was expected to finish next month, but it now looked likely that work would fall behind schedule. On Saturday night there was a series of bomb blasts in Hat Yai, the main commercial and tourist centre in the south. The newspaper reports that the trouble has affected the efforts of CAT’s main contractor, China’s Huawei Technologies, to build 70 base stations in the three provinces under Phase Two of the expansion project. To date only five of the 27 stations planned for Pattani have been deployed, in Yala only two of 19 are finished, while in Narathiwat only two of 24 have been built. Mr Phisal said that working hours at construction sites had been cut, with workers leaving at 3pm for security reasons. Huawei is planning to install a total of 1,600 1x base stations nationwide by January, of which 577 will be in northern Thailand, 535 in the north east and 488 in the south. The company rolled out 800 base stations in the first phase of the project earlier this year.

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