TOT stalls 3G expansion, commits to ramping up Wi-Fi

14 Aug 2013

Thai telco TOT has decided to postpone the second phase of its national 3G mobile network expansion until next year while it continues to consider its possible investment funding options, reports the Bangkok Post. Proposals are afoot to launch an infrastructure fund, but the state-owned firm is reportedly awaiting clarity on private sector rival True Corp’s infrastructure fund plan before going down the same path. TOT’s 2100MHz 3G network currently spans 4,800 active base stations, approaching the target of 5,200 base stations planned for its first phase, while a second phase is planned involving an investment of THB30 billion (USD958 million) to roll out 15,000 3G BTS nationwide.

Meanwhile, TOT has announced plans to expand its Wi-Fi wireless broadband network to 150,000 hotspots by the end of 2014, as part of the ICT ministry-backed Smart Thailand programme, under which TOT has already deployed 10,000 Wi-Fi hotspots while a total of 120,000 hotspots have been deployed by other agencies as part of the initiative. 20,000 TOT hotspots are planned for Bangkok, with another 130,000 to be deployed nationwide.

Thailand, TOT