Thailand's AIS Offsets 2G Concession Costs Against 3G Network Rollout
Published on: 6th Feb 2014
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Thailand's AIS has secured an agreement to co fund the second phase of a 3G deployment by the state owned TOT network, in exchange of its usual GSM network rental fees.
AIS's GSM customer base runs over the TOT network under a concession, but AIS is migrating its customers to its own 3G network.
Under the terms of the agreement, AIS will invest in the 3G network on TOT's own spectrum and rent it to the state-owned mobile network.
TOT is looking to expand its 3G network from just over 5,000 base stations to around 15,000 as it seeks to boost revenues ahead of declining 2G rentals.
TOT said that it was signing the deal with AIS due to delays in securing government funding for its network expansion.
In related news, AIS has warned that if political issues delay the September radio spectrum auction, then there could be mobile data logjams starting to build up as early as next year.