DTAC presents tri-band ambitions

10 May 2013

Thailand’s second largest cellco DTAC has given a presentation of its goals for this year, after rebranding its mobile network as ‘TriNet’, signifying the tri-band capabilities of its 1800MHz, 850MHz and soon-to-be-launched 2100MHz infrastructure, with the full marketing banner reading ‘TriNet 3 Smart Networks in One’. As reported yesterday by CommsUpdate, DTAC decided to stick to a plan to launch its 2100MHz 3G network next month, despite rivals AIS and True launching 3G and 3G/4G services respectively over their 2100MHz networks this week.

DTAC plans to invest THB12.5 billion (USD424 million) in CAPEX this year as part of a three-year THB34 billion CAPEX budget. It has rolled out around 1,000 3G 2100MHz base stations so far, a number which it intends to increase to 5,000 this year, thus raising its total 3G base stations to more than 10,000, including around 5,200 850MHz 3G cell sites. The company previously announced that it was seeking to cover at least 30% of the population with the 2100MHz network by the end of 2013, and 80% by the end of 2015, one year earlier than its licence coverage requirement stipulation. DTAC is aiming for ten million TriNet 3G subscribers by end-December 2013, and expects that by the end of the third quarter at least 30% of its 3G subscribers will be utilising its 2100MHz network, rising to around 50% by the end of the year. The ten million TriNet project total users includes three million existing 1800MHz 2G network users upgrading their services, around 3.8 million existing and new users of the 850MHz 3G service and 3.2 million new subscribers. DTAC currently has more than 26 million 2G and 3.5 million 3G 850MHz subscribers. The operator, part of the Telenor group, is also preparing to roll out 4G LTE services by refarming 1800MHz spectrum.

In a separate statement DTAC confirmed that following shareholder approval it is changing the name of its subsidiary which holds its 2100MHz spectrum from ‘DTAC Network Co., Ltd’ to ‘dtac TriNet co., ltd’.