True to expand 4G in 850MHz band by Q3; TOT looking at several new partnership deals

5 Jan 2016

Thai quad-play operator True Corp aims to expand its 4G LTE services by launching 850MHz LTE by the third quarter of this year, having gained regulatory approval for the upgrade of its existing 850MHz 3G UMTS network it operates in partnership with state-owned CAT Telecom, Mobile World Live reports. True, Thailand’s third largest cellco by users which currently operates 2100MHz LTE services, won additional 4G spectrum in the 1800MHz and 900MHz bands in November and December, respectively, paying over USD3.2 billion.

Meanwhile, state-run telco TOT has agreed a preliminary deal with its ex-concession holder Advanced Info Service (AIS), the country’s cellular market leader by users, for a planned partnership to provide 3G wireless broadband services on TOT’s 2100MHz spectrum, The Nation reported. AIS aims to roll out additional 2100MHz infrastructure on behalf of TOT, which in turn will lease the network to wholesale 80% of bandwidth capacity to AIS to provide retail service. The two recent winners of the 900MHz licences, True and Jasmine Mobile Broadband, are both also reportedly interested in leasing TOT’s telecom infrastructure to provide 900MHz services, whilst True is said to be interested in partnering TOT for 3G services on the state agency’s 2100MHz spectrum.