State-owned Thai telecoms operator TOT and DTAC’s wholly owned subsidiary TriNet Company have signed a ‘Lease of Telecommunication Equipment Agreement’ and a ‘Domestic Roaming Service Agreement’ in order to launch a 4G TD-LTE network in the 2300MHz band. Under the collaborative framework, TOT will lease telecommunication equipment from TeleAssets (a subsidiary of TriNet) to deploy a fixed-wireless and mobile broadband network. TOT will use a portion of its network capacity in the band (60MHz overall) to provide its 4G services, while the remainder will be used by TriNet via a roaming agreement, under which TOT will receive an annual revenue stream of THB4.51 billion (USD142.5 million).
According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database, the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) gave TOT the green light to develop 4G services using its existing 2300MHz spectrum for a ten-year period in October 2015 (i.e. ending in 2025). TOT selected Telenor-backed DTAC as its preferred partner to deploy the network in May 2017. The proposal involved DTAC’s wholly owned subsidiary TriNet Company purchasing 60% of TOT’s total network capacity in the band. TOT and DTAC initially aimed to sign the final agreement in Q4 2017, after concluding negotiations regarding term and conditions, and securing approvals from the relevant government agencies.