NTT DoCoMo aiming to rival AIS in Thai LTE tests

5 Apr 2011

Thai newspaper The Nation reports that Japanese telecoms group NTT DoCoMo is interested in testing 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) mobile broadband technology in Thailand, according to Prasit Prapinmongkolkarn, chairman of the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC), who said that NTT had expressed its interest directly to him. Thailand’s largest mobile operator by subscribers, Advanced Info Service (AIS), also plans to carry out LTE tests via its wholly-owned subsidiary Digital Phone Co (DPC), although NTC commissioner Natee Sukon-rat said that DPC had yet to officially ask the regulator for permission to import LTE network equipment. CAT Telecom, which issued DPC’s build-transfer-operate (BTO) concession, has already granted permission to DPC to test the 4G service in Bangkok, for which AIS said it will set aside as much as 10MHz of bandwidth out of its existing 12.5MHz allocation in the 1800MHz band.

Thailand, Advanced Info Service (AIS), NTT DOCOMO