NBTC taps Ericsson for Thai 5G trial; will auction 700MHz, 850MHz, 1800MHz, 2600MHz spectrum by 2020

26 Jan 2017

Thailand’s National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) has enlisted Swedish vendor Ericsson to perform the first live 5G end-to-end demonstration in Thailand, using its 5G test bed and 5G-ready core. The showcase achieved a peak throughput of 5.7Gbps, the vendor’s press release notes. Takorn Tantasith, Secretary General of the NBTC, commented: ‘We expect to have broadband connectivity everywhere in Thailand, both in big cities and in over 75,000 villages nationwide by 2018. Along with the fixed internet deployment, we plan to release more spectrum bandwidth – 380MHz by 2020 – which will add to the existing 420MHz already allocated to the telecommunications industry. This will handle the rising demand for online services, the Internet of Things (IoT) and innovative applications, as the country transforms into a Digital Thailand.’

According to a parallel report by the Bangkok Post, the frequencies in question will comprise an 180MHz block of downlink/uplink bandwidth in the 2600MHz band by 2017; a 90MHz block of 1800MHz spectrum and 20MHz of 850MHz spectrum by March 2018; and 90MHz worth of 700MHz spectrum by 2020.