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Mobile phone operators get 3G licences
« on: December 08, 2012, 11:04:15 AM »
BANGKOK, Dec 8 – Thailand’s National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) has resolved to issue third generation (3G) wireless licences to three mobile phone operators with a condition they reduce the service fees by at least 15 percent, according to a senior committee member.

Col Settapong Malisuwan, chairman of the Telecommunications Committee which is attached to the NBTC, said the three companies will received official letters next week, informing them to kick off preparations for 3G service which should be fully launched by April next year.

He said the NBTC will add an addendum to each agreement, compelling every operator to reduce the service fees by 15 percent given a continuous decline of service fee in the market by at least 10 percent.

The three mobile phone operators qualified for the 3G wireless licences are Advanced Info Service (AIS), DTAC and True Move.   

Surapol Taweechaikarn, a member of the NBTC’s Telecommunications Committee, said the licences will be issued despite an appeal to the Administrative Court by the Office of the Ombudsman seeking an injunction to the NBTC’s auction.

He said the NBTC will follow the Central Administrative Court’s earlier ruling that the Ombudsman was not authorised to file the injunction. (MCOT online news)
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BANGKOK, May 7 –
 Fierce competition in Thailand’s mobile phone services will compel three major operators to reduce fees for third-generation (3G) wireless broadband on the 2.1 gigahertz frequency at less than 15 per cent which was as earlier imposed by the authority, it was disclosed.

Settapong Malisuwan, vice chairman of the National Broadcast and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC), said operators have been instructed to expand their networks to cover 50 per cent of the country’s area in two years, but it turns out that they will possibly complete their task by the end of this year as they are sharing broadband towers.

The country’s three operators will roll out their 3G mobile services, starting with Advanced Info Service (AIS) today, True Move tomorrow and DTAC on Thursday.

Col Sethapong, chairman of the NBTC telecom committee, said 2G mobile service will continue as the concessions have yet to expire.

NBTC will ensure that operators provide efficient 2G service to users, he said. (MCOT online news)

ITU: Thailand better be prepared for 4G and 5G

BANGKOK, 5 May 2013: --  The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) urges Thailand to use 700 MHz band for 4G and 5G in order to catch up with other ASEAN countries. Thailand has just provided 3G-2.1MHz services for mobile users, more than ten years behind other countries, the ITU says.

ITU Secretary-General Hamadoun Toure said 700 MHz band, now used in the broadcasting business, could be used with telecommunications as the country was about to change from analogue to digital TV. If Thailand was ready, the ITU would send a team to help study the use of 700 MHz with 4G and 5G mobile telecommunications standards, he said.

The secretary-general stated further that the ITU would treat Thailand’s 3G-2.1MHz auctions with reasonable prices as a case study frequency auctions in Europe at present. The European spectrum actions had high auction prices which affected its telecommunication industry, Mr Toure said.

Deputy Chairman of the Thai National Broadcasting and Telecommunication Commission Col. Setthaphong Malisuwan said the commission would urgently study the use of 700MHz band in the telecommunication industry in Thailand with care. The country’s telecommunication master plan must be revised if 700 MHz band was adopted for mobile use.
 
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Re: Mobile phone operators get 3G licences
« Reply #2 on: May 08, 2013, 09:40:39 AM »
AIS launches the 3G era

The 20-year wait is over. Thailand's first real third-generation mobile broadband service is on the air after mobile leader Advanced Info Service (AIS) made the first 3G commercial launch under the licensing regime Tuesday.

After decades of delay, 3G service on the international standard 2.1-gigahertz frequency has finally come to Bangkok and 20 major provinces on AIS's 3G network of 5,000 base stations.

Third-ranked operator True Move will roll out its full commercial 3G service on the 2.1-GHz frequency Wednesday, and No.2 DTAC will announce its plans Thursday.

The moves mark a significant turning point in Thailand's telecom history, bringing an end to the decades-old concession regime and highlighting what looks to be a permanent shift in the country's mobile landscape.

AIS chief executive Wichian Mektrakarn gave a live 3G demonstration at CentralWorld, speaking with a colleague in Phuket. (Photos by Patipat Janthong)

The country's existing 82 million 2G mobile users with 3G-enabled handsets can now sign up for 3G services on the 2.1-gigahertz band, using the same mobile number.

3G technology allows fast data transfer at a maximum speed of 42 Mbps, about 300 times as fast as the 2G system.

The biggest benefits of 3G are high-definition voice clarity and high-speed internet data transmission.

AIS chief executive Wichian Mektrakarn said the company, through its subsidiary Advanced Wireless Network, spent four months installing 5,000 3G base stations in 20 provinces, giving the network the capacity to handle 10 million users.

Network coverage will rise to 70% of the population by year-end and 90% by mid-2014 under AIS's 70-billion-baht 3G network expansion project - two years ahead of the regulatory deadline.

AIS has set up three carrier frequencies - 900-, 1800- and 2100-MHz - to serve densely populated areas.

"Up to 800,000 of our existing 2G customers have already shifted to 2.1-GHz 3G service," said Mr Wichian.

"We aim to have 15 million customers using our 3G this year."

AIS now has 36 million customers using 2G services on the concession-based frequency.

Mr Wichian acknowledged that not all current tariffs of AIS are in compliance with regulatory requirements, with subscribers offered a choice of a 15% increase in capacity instead of a 15% discount on the tariff as set out by the guidelines for the three largest 3G operators.

Current 2G subscribers on the AIS network are not required to change their mobile number if they wish to upgrade to 3G coverage.

Those who plan to subscribe to 3G on the 2100-MHz frequency will have tariff packages starting at 299 baht, the most economical AIS option now available.

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I hope that actually does increase the speed with AIS, as until lately it was just a tiny fraction that came over as 3G, most was just EDGE. The Thais around here say TRUEMOVE is the only giving an acceptable speed

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Re: AirCard 4G by TrueMove 52.25 Mbps
« Reply #3 on: May 08, 2013, 01:32:59 PM »
Test of AirCard 4G by TrueMove shows a download speed of 52.25 Mbps

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Re: AIS says it has 800,000 users for 3G-2.1GHz service
« Reply #4 on: May 08, 2013, 03:36:47 PM »
Advanced Info Service claimed yesterday that it had secured 800,000 users for its 3G-2.1GHz cellular service since its soft launch last month.

All of the 800,000 new users have to use call forwarding to AIS's subsidiary Advanced Wireless Network (AWN) because the number-portability capacity of all five operators is limited to 40,000 cases per day.

Somchai Letsuttiwong, chief marketing officer, said 1.7 million AIS users had applied to migrate to AWN. All of them are expected to be moved over to the third-generation service on the 2.1-gigahertz spectrum this month.

AIS kicked off its 3G-2.1GHz service yesterday for the general public. It is targeting 10 million customers, both old and new, for the new service by year-end.

Hui weng Cheong, chief operating officer, said AIS had set a Bt70-billion budget for network expansion over a few years. It has about 5,000 base stations in main cities in 20 provinces in every region throughout the country. Every month at least 800 base stations will be installed to ensure coverage for 77 provinces this year and full coverage countrywide by next year.

Also yesterday, AIS launched a variety promotion package starting at Bt299 per month for 100 minutes of free calls and 500 megabits per second of throughput.

Somchai said some of AIS's packages might offer greater value in terms of services, such as faster data speed, and of applications, which account more than a 15-per-cent surplus from existing promotions.

"All new promotional packages are discounted more than 15 per cent from existing 2G service promotions," he said.

Yesterday the National Broad-casting and Telecommunications Commission asked all three 3G-2.1GHz operators to offer a 15-per-cent discount for all new users.

Takorn Tantasit, secretary-general of the NBTC, said all of the new 3G licensees had to comply with the commission's regulations on reducing their package prices. It will monitor them to check if they are following the regulation. Violators will be sent a warning letter. Repeat offenders will be fined and eventually ordered to cease operations.

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Re: Mobile phone operators get 3G licences
« Reply #5 on: May 09, 2013, 08:34:31 AM »
Yeah, that speed to a local server with no one else online.

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Re: True Move first to launch limited 4G service
« Reply #6 on: May 09, 2013, 03:04:37 PM »
True Move has moved pre-emptively to beat its bigger rivals with Wednesday's launch of Thailand's first commercial fourth-generation (4G) wireless broadband service on a limited scale.

The country's third-largest mobile operator rolled out 4G and 3G service on the 2.1-gigahertz international standard with 500 base stations on each network.

This is on top of its existing 3G network of 13,000 base stations nationwide on the 850-megahertz spectrum.

The company's 4G network, the current ultimate in mobile communications technology and five times faster than 3G, serves users in the densely populated high-rises of Bangkok's central business district areas of Siam Square, Silom Road and Sathon Road.

The 4G network will be expanded to 15 major provinces this year including Chon Buri, Prachuap Khiri Khan, Chiang Mai, Phuket, Surat Thani and Ayutthaya.

Subscription packages for 4G start from 699 baht. These include unlimited data service at a speed of 2 Gbps.

However, only a few handsets in Thailand are 4G-compatible.

True Move's 3G service, offered under the True Move H brand, averages one baht per megabyte, half the cost of its 2G service.

Suphachai Chearavanont, the chief executive of parent True Corporation, said the goal is to stay one step ahead of the group's bigger rivals in the areas of mobile 3G and 4G.

Through Real Future, True Corporation will by year-end increase the number of its 4G and 3G base stations on the 2.1-GHz spectrum to 2,000 and 5,000, respectively.

The number of 3G base stations on the 850-MHz spectrum will rise to 14,000 this year.

Mr Suphachai said True will spend another 15 billion baht on network expansion this year. "We plan to retain our leadership in the 3G market."

Adiruth Thothaveesansuk, True Move's managing director, said the company hopes to have 6 million 4G subscribers by year-end compared with 3.2 million at present for 3G.

Meanwhile, the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) gave True Move another week to transfer full management of its third-generation network operation centre to CAT Telecom under the latter's 3G network contracts.

Failing that, the watchdog will send a letter warning the country's third-largest mobile operator to stop marketing its 3G services on the 850-megahertz spectrum.

If True continues to ignore the command, the NBTC could even order it to cease operations.

True had been ordered to transfer management to the state telecom enterprise by mid-April.

The NBTC last June ordered True and CAT to amend six items in their 3G network contracts, saying they violated Section 46 of the Frequency Allocation Act requiring licence holders and spectrum owners including CAT to manage spectrum rights on their own.

Secretary-general Takorn Tantasit said the NBTC will next week begin a serious examination of True Move H's 3G operations to see if CAT is using the 850-MHz spectrum with its own equipment and has full management control of the centre. 

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Re: TrueMove's new 4G service not compatible iPhone5
« Reply #7 on: May 09, 2013, 03:38:37 PM »
Don't get too excited about TrueMove's new 4G service if you have an iPhone5. These are not compatible. Probably have to wait for iPhone 5S. @richardbarrow

Following 3G update by AIS, DTAC are now ready to launch TriNet 3

New package prices for DTAC’s 3G service
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Re: Mobile phone operators get 3G licences
« Reply #8 on: May 10, 2013, 06:16:18 AM »
Look at the data limit.  Once you go over that they drop the speed on you.  I can tell you it's very easy to reach the data limit. They mislead people labeling their packages as "Unlimited."  Yes, it is unlimited, but only up to the point when you reach that 1.5 gig or 3gig ceiling.  Then they drop you back down to 128k....or you can call an ask for a "booster" package for 199 baht which adds another 1gig to your plan. 

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Re: 3G - 4G ♦ consumers reactions
« Reply #9 on: May 18, 2013, 01:58:21 PM »
New services get mixed reactions

In the last two weeks since the three key mobile phone operators - Advanced Info Service (AIS), True Corp and Total Access Communication (DTAC) - launched their 3G and 4G services for 2.1GHz, there have been mixed reactions from consumers getting to grips with their new packages.

We checked out some comments on Facebook to see what consumers thought of the changes so far.

Warat Karuchit, an AIS user, said that initially the speed was very good and video streaming on YouTube was smooth, but after a couple days the speed dropped to that which he had experienced before the move. He said he was now spending about Bt1,000 a month for the new package, compared to the Bt799 per month he had been charged before.

Wichern Paenkaew, a True user, said he was using the Bt399 package. "The speed of my 3G service is only 100 kilobits per second when I am at home [in Pathum Thani], while the speed will be around 4-5 megabits per second when I'm at my office in Lak Si."

However, Sakulsri Srisaracam, who also uses True, said she was satisfied with the speed and the price of the service - even though the speed dropped sometimes at the end of the month.

"I'm satisfied with the speed. I can surf the Net smoothly wherever I am - even if I'm outside Bangkok. I can also get the same speed on my laptop when I don't have Wi-Fi access and the speed at personal hotspots is okay, too. I spend around Bt699 to Bt750 per month for the service," she said.

Jetsada Sanudomchok, an AIS user who lives in Vientiane, Laos, said he could only get the pre-3G speed for AIS in Nong Khai.

"The speed is so slow, yet it costs me around Bt600 to Bt700 a month," he said.

Preeyaporn Poolsri, who uses the Bt899 AIS package, said she was not satisfied with the service because it was not that fast.

"I live in Ayutthaya and my cell-phone was getting a 3G signal, but after just three days I got an SMS informing me that my 3G service had already run out and the speed dropped. I have been offered [via SMS] a lot of other packages, but I haven't purchased anything yet," Preeyaporn said.

Nonthaburi resident Plern Plern said she uses AIS, which costs her between Bt400 and Bt500 per month. "I use a 1GB, AIS 3G-2.1GHz unlimited access package. But, the speed tends to vary a lot."

Another AIS user, Buranii Chandraparnik also said she was not satisfied with the service, both in terms of speed and price.

Jack Nattawut Chuanpanyo, a TrueMoveH user, who lives in Nakhon Chaisi, Nakhon Pathom province, said his phone showed a 3G signal almost all the time and though the speed sometimes dropped to the pre-3G transmission rate, but he was satisfied with the overall service.

"I am okay with the speed, even though it slows down sometimes. I spend Bt599 per month and have never used more than the package amount," said Jack.

Sansanee Thongpond, a DTAC user, said she was not really satisfied with the service which cost her about Bt1,000 per month, compared with her previous package of Bt599. "Now, the data service is not stable. My phone often gets disconnected."

Supanna Tripedpuang, another DTAC user, said she was happy with the service as it seemed stable but was not satisfied with the price as it was too expensive.

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