AIS schedules 3G for Bangkok in Q1

22 Aug 2008

Reuters reports that Thailand’s leading mobile phone network operator Advanced Info Service (AIS) has announced a plan to expand commercial 3G services to Bangkok and other major cities in the first quarter of next year. GSM operator AIS launched a 900MHz W-CDMA/HSPA network in Chiang Mai in May, but its coverage and capacity is very limited. Thai regulator the National Telecoms Commission (NTC) has now given permission for AIS to import 3G/3.5G equipment for a wider UMTS-900 network rollout including the capital. The watchdog has also given the go-ahead for the country’s second largest GSM operator DTAC to import HSPA technology for a commercial 3.5G deployment using the 800MHz-850MHz band, also scheduled for the first quarter of 2009. DTAC’s CEO Sigve Brekke said earlier this week that he did not expect 2100MHz UMTS frequencies to be allocated until late 2009, although the NTC has promised licensing ‘by the second quarter.’

Thailand, Advanced Info Service (AIS)