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Offline thaiga

Dtac to lead industry into 4G era
« on: November 08, 2012, 06:19:08 PM »
Total Access Communication (Dtac) shows its readiness to play a leading role in the Thai telecom industry, in bringing state-of-the-art 4G technology to consumers.

The technical test for 4G technology today at "dtac house" shows that 4G mobile signal is capable of downloading data at the speed of 150 mbps, or 5 times faster than 3G and over 200 times faster than 2G. The demonstration test is part of the technical trials recently launched by Total Access Communication PLC or dtac in the vicinity of Siam Square and Chamchuri Square, which is also houses the head office of dtac or the, so-called, "dtac house".

"This 4G technology trial is the next logical step in our journey to constantly improve and strengthen the quality of our network under our 'Life Network' campaign. We are pleased to now have the most advanced telecom technology and equipment in use. Our current network system would enable us to switch on 3G and 4G signals less than 15 minutes at each base station and bring state-of-the-art services, as well as new possibilities and limitless opportunities to our customers nationwide," said Darmp Sukontasap, chief corporate affairs officer.

Dtac now has over 15,700 base stations across Thailand. Over 5,000 of them will be 3G enabled by the end of the year.

"With all this progress, we believe dtac will become a leader in telecom service. With the most advanced technology, we will soon be ready to provide 3G services on the 2.1 GHz frequency band and 4G services in the future," said Darmp.

Prathet Tankuranun, senior vice president - Network Operations Division, said that the test, conducted with the use of aircards and 4G-compatible smart phones, showed a satisfactory result.

"By the end of this year, we expect to have completed the upgrade at base stations in other parts of the country. Besides offering 3G services on the 2.1 GHz frequency band, Dtac is also preparing for the arrival of 4G services. With the technology and equipment that we now have, upgrading our network to 4G is very easy and takes less than 15 minutes at each base station. This will position dtac as the most-prepared telecom operator to launch 4G services in Thailand. All this reflects dtac's leadership in communication technology, and the fact that it now has one of the most advanced mobile networks in Asia," Prathet said.
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Offline Johnnie F.

Re: Dtac to lead industry into 4G era
« Reply #1 on: November 08, 2012, 10:07:39 PM »
When I still had to connect via EDGE DTAC was the best and most reliable and steady service around here. So I'm looking forward to this. I just don't feel like buying new modems very few months, because technology advanced a little again.
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Offline thaiga

Re: True plans to launch 4G service in April
« Reply #2 on: February 11, 2013, 02:14:39 PM »
True Corp plans to launch 4G wireless broadband service on the 2.1-gigahertz spectrum in Bangkok in April in a bid to steal the show from its rivals, which are expected to debut the 3G service on their 2.1GHz spectrum bands in the same month.

A True source said the company had already ordered imported 4G network equipment, which will utilise the 2.1GHz spectrum. It plans to launch the 4G service in a few commercial areas in Bangkok.

True subsidiary Real Future is one of the three holders of the 2.1GHz spectrum licences granted by the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) last December. Under this technology-neutral licence, they can utilise any technologies to provide cellular service.

The other two licence holders are Advanced Wireless Network (AWN) of the largest cellular operator Advanced Info Service (AIS), and DTAC Network of the second largest cellular operator Total Access Communication (DTAC). All three licence holders are expected to kick off the 2.1GHz service in April.

AIS chief executive Wichian Mektrakarn said that at this stage, AIS has focused on the 3G-2.1GHz service and the nationwide 2.1GHz network rollout.

A telecom industry source believes True group will not launch the 4G service nationwide, but only in a few spots, due to the lack of commercial viability. Eventually it will have to launch the 3G service on the 2.1GHz spectrum. True and DTAC currently have considerable bandwidth - enough to enable them to offer 4G service in some areas. AIS recently said it needs more spectrum bandwidth to serve its future business plan. It is likely to join with its concession owner, TOT, in the future to offer the 4G service.

DTAC group holds 1,800 megahertz, 850MHz and 2.1GHz spectra, while True group has 2.1GHz and has partnered with CAT Telecom to offer 3G service on 850MHz. AIS holds 900MHz and 2.1GHz spectra. The 1,800MHz concession of AIS subsidiary Digital Phone Co will end this September, the same time as that of TrueMove of True.

Last year AIS, DTAC and TrueMove test-launched the non-commercial 4G service on their existing spectra with the NBTC's consent.

Last week True group called a "CEO Vision" internal meeting of 2,500 high-ranking executives. True chief executive officer Suphachai Chearavanont told the executives in the meeting to join forces to make True group the leader on all fronts, including the wireless service arena.

True has also sought a possible foreign partnership to bolster its strength. One likely suitor it is reportedly in talks with is telecom giant China Mobile. True's chief financial officer Noppadol Dej-udom declined to confirm the report about China Mobile, saying only that talks on a possible tie up with a foreign partner are ongoing.

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