Thailand's DTAC Preparing for LTE Launch in April

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Thailand's DTAC now expects to launch its LTE network in April having secured the necessary regulatory approvals.

An unnamed source at the regulator told The Nation newspaper that the mobile network aims to launch the service with 200 LTE base stations in Bangkok and around 100 more towers in other cities.

DTAC will be using the 2.1Ghz spectrum it was allocated in last year's license auction. AIS used the spectrum for its 3G service, while Real Future launched both 3G and 4G services.

 DTAC revealed its intention to launch an LTE service last September, when Sigve Brekke, executive vice-president and head of Asia operations at Telenor, which is the company's largest shareholder described the take-up of 3G service in Thailand as "surprisingly running hot", evidenced by the strong growth of mobile data traffic.

Mr Brekke said Telenor is ready to invest more in Thailand to stretch its 3G network across the country, and launch LTE services.

The company had already said that it would bring forward the launch of the LTE network ahead of the planned additional radio spectrum auction due this September.

On the web: The Nation

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