TOT asks AIS to share base stations for 3G

20 Jul 2009

The Bangkok Post reports that state-run TOT has approached Advanced Info Service (AIS) to use some of the latter’s 12,000 base stations to quicken its plans to launch 3G mobile services across the country within the next two years. TOT aims to launch 2100MHz W-CDMA/HSDPA-based services across 500 existing GSM base stations of its subsidiary Thai Mobile in the capital at a cost of THB1.7 billion (USD50.6 million), before rolling out a 3,800 base station network across the country, costing around THB20 billion. AIS president Wichien Mektrakarn said the company was ready to co-operate since it operated under a build-transfer-operate (BTO) concession with TOT, although as AIS had the first right to use its facilities under the BTO agreement, TOT would have to notify the company about any changes in usage. A TOT director acknowledged that AIS’s base stations at some sites could not be adapted for 3G because some equipment and antennae were too heavy for the structures.

Thailand, Advanced Info Service (AIS), Thai Mobile, TOT