10 Sep 2018
Thai state telecoms enterprise TOT is planning to introduce a fixed-wireless broadband service in the Bangkok metropolitan area in December, using spectrum in the 2300MHz band. TOT said that the new service will provide download speeds of 10Mbps for THB299 (USD9) per month. Going forward, the company is planning to optimise its services by integrating the 2100MHz and 2300MHz bands into a single SIM card. Rungsun Channarukul, TOT’s senior executive vice-president for the wireless business, said: ‘The precise timeline might be in the third quarter of 2019, when the two networks become more competitive. TOT plans to spend THB50 million per year to upgrade its back office system to support greater advanced network performance.’
As reported by TeleGeography’s CommsUpdate, in April 2018 TOT and DTAC’s wholly owned subsidiary TriNet Company 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.