Do the baht plan: AIS splashes THB10bn on 2G/3G expansion

24 Jan 2011

Reuters reports that Thailand’s largest cellco by subscribers, Advanced Info Service (AIS), plans to invest THB10 billion (USD326 million) on network expansion this year to benefit from continued growth in the sector. AIS targets spending THB7.5 billion on expanding its 2G capacity, with the remaining THB2.5 billion earmarked for expanding 3G services on its existing 900MHz frequency, Chief Operating Officer Mark Chong Chin Kok told a news conference today. The 3G service would be gradually expanded from the third quarter of this year, he said, under an overall plan to install 1,884 W-CDMA/HSPA base stations in Bangkok and other cities, whilst adding that AIS also planned to roll out a Wi-Fi wireless broadband network by the second quarter. According to AIS, mobile data usage in Thailand increased by 100% last year.

Thailand, Advanced Info Service (AIS)