TOT says 3G expansion ‘on track’ despite flooding

1 Nov 2011

The president of Thai fixed and mobile operator TOT, Arnon Tubtiang, has stated that the state-run telco is determined to proceed with its scheduled 3G mobile network expansion in 18 provinces next month, but acknowledged that the country’s worst floods in 70 years could delay the rollout. TOT’s 3G plan involves extending its W-CDMA/HSPA network beyond its existing Bangkok region with an additional 3,500 base stations in 18 provinces including Nakhon Sawan and Ayutthaya. As quoted by the Bangkok Post, Mr Arnon said that TOT’s 3G business plan remains on track, with an initial target of signing up 400,000 additional 3G customers to its 2100MHz network by the end of 2011 on top of 300,000 or so existing users via five authorised mobile virtual network operators (MVNOs). The company insists it will have 4,772 W-CDMA/HSPA base stations nationwide by next May as previously scheduled.

Thailand, TOT