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Thailand's True Corp to Launch Bangkok LTE Services in April

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Thailand's True Corp is seeking to skip 3G services and launch an LTE based 4G network in April, just as its rival networks are launching their 3G services.

The company is planning to launch its 2.1Ghz based 4G network in early April, the same month as rival networks are expected to launch their 3G services.

A source at the mobile network told The Nation newspaper that the company had already ordered imported 4G network equipment. It plans to launch the 4G service in a few commercial areas in Bangkok. The service is expected to be expanded to a number of other cities, but not to be offered nationwide.

After years of delays, the networks were allocated 2.1Ghz spectrum in an auction last year, although the final handover of the licenses was again delayed by legal challenges. Although tipped as being for 3G services, the spectrum is technology neutral, enabling True to offer LTE instead.

In related news, Samart Corp expects to be allocated a block of spectrum by the state owned TOT to trial 4G services in the 2.1Ghz spectrum.

On the web: The Nation

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