Thai quadruple-play telecoms operator True Corp has chosen Swedish technology giant Ericsson as one of its key suppliers for the expansion of its 3G/4G HSPA/LTE 2100MHz mobile broadband network which it launched commercially in May. Ericsson has been contracted to deploy its multi-standard radio base station RBS 6000 along with a range of services including project management, system integration, interoperability testing, network design and implementation, as well as competence development of personnel. This is the first time Ericsson has partnered True’s mobile division, with the Thai operator previously using other vendors including Alcatel-Lucent and Huawei for its 2G/3G/4G radio access and core network rollout projects. Vichaow Rakphongphairoj, chief operating officer of True Corp, said, ‘This agreement will … create more exciting opportunities for businesses, as well as new services for subscribers. We expect that greater connectivity will foster further development of Thai society as a whole’, while in the same press release Ericsson quoted its ‘ConsumerLab’ study results showing that smartphone penetration in urban Thailand grew more than two-fold from 17% in 2012 to 36% in early 2013. The Ericsson 3G/4G rollout contract was awarded via True Corp’s wholly owned subsidiary Real Future, the holder of the group’s 2100MHz network operating licence.