DTAC to Double 3G Capacity and Launch LTE Network
Published on: 16th Feb 2014
Thailand's DTAC has said that it plans to double the capacity of its 3G network this year as it also prepares for a limited LTE launch in April.
The company has pledged an investment of THB13 billion (USD400 million) this year as it adds 5,500 new 3G base stations by June. That will take the total to 11,000 base stations operating on its new 2.1Ghz spectrum.
DTAC's CEO, Jon Eddy Abdullah said that he expects the company to have 25 million 3G subscribers this year, or around 70% of its total customer base as the network migrates GSM concession customers to its own network infrastructure.
The aim is for all GSM customers to have migrated to the 3G network by 2015.
He also confirmed the LTE launch will take place in the second-quarter of this year, with around 300 base stations.
The company estimates that 20 percent of its 3G data traffic is currently consumed by customers using LTE-capable smartphones, so the network launch should release additional 3G capacity for the remaining customers.