TrueMove expands while AIS and DTAC settle

4 Jun 2008

Alcatel-Lucent has been contracted by Thai cellular operator TrueMove to expand its GSM and EDGE networks. The USD10 million deal will enable TrueMove to increase the capacity and coverage of its existing GSM/EDGE networks in Bangkok and the Central-West, South and North regions of Thailand, while also enhancing its mobile traffic backhaul capabilities. Under the terms of the contract, Alcatel-Lucent will deploy its multi-standard radio access solution including its latest Base Station Controller platform (BSC Evolution) and fully flexible TWIN transceiver, and deliver a new Intelligent Network (IN) Convergent Charging Platform. TrueMove is Thailand’s third largest cellular operator by subscribers, claiming almost 12.5 million customers and a 22% market share at the end of March, according to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms database.

Separately, TrueMove’s two larger competitors in the Thai mobile market, Advanced Info Service (AIS) and DTAC, have settled a long-running lawsuit relating to outstanding network roaming fees. AIS has agreed to pay DTAC THB3 billion (USD91.4 million) in an out of court settlement, bringing to an end a legal battle which dates back to 2003.