In a press release on its website on 25 March 2014, Thailand’s second largest mobile operator by subscribers DTAC, part of the Telenor group, announced that it has commenced technical testing of its 4G LTE 2100MHz mobile broadband network in Bangkok. DTAC, which already operates 3G 2100MHz services in the capital and areas across the country, added that it is preparing for the first phase of LTE base station rollout and will launch commercial LTE services ‘soon’, initially targeting the highest data traffic areas of central Bangkok. DTAC’s senior vice president of network operations, Panya Vechbanyongratanaion, said that it has been building base stations in Bangkok following the approval from the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) to develop and launch 4G LTE services on its 2100MHz frequency band under the current licence agreement. ‘Our infrastructure is in full readiness as it is compatible and ready to support the latest technology, simply by installing 4G cards at base stations,’ he added. As reported last month by TeleGeography’s CommsUpdate, DTAC’s LTE launch is planned for the second quarter of this year with an initial 300 base stations, with CEO Jon Eddy Abdullah estimating that the company will spend around THB300 million (USD9.3 million) to set up the initial 300 LTE 2100MHz base stations in Bangkok, as an initial phase before obtaining permission for LTE services in the 1800MHz band expected later this year.
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