AIS UMTS-900 expansion on hold

4 Jun 2009

Advanced Info Service (AIS) has suspended plans to expand its 900MHz 3G network this year to prevent possible spectrum congestion, reports The Nation. The Thai cellular mobile leader’s president Wichian Mektrakarn would not confirm whether the suspension was indefinite but said that the firm would prefer to wait for 2.1GHz licences to be issued, which it hopes will happen later this year. AIS launched a W-CDMA/HSDPA network in Chiang Mai in May 2008, but its next generation services remain very limited: it currently has 83 live 3G base stations in Chiang Mai, 22 in Chon Buri and two in Bangkok. Earlier this month it was reported that AIS has also agreed in principle to offer retail services over state-run TOT’s planned 2.1GHz infrastructure.

Thailand, Advanced Info Service (AIS)