Thailand’s second largest cellco by subscribers DTAC has launched commercial 4G LTE mobile high speed data services on its 2100MHz network in the Bangkok Metropolitan Area, via its 3G/4G licensee unit DTAC TriNet. One of DTAC’s network vendors Ericsson – sole supplier for Evolved Packet Core, User Data Management and circuit core solutions – announced that the move was aimed at meeting the needs of a data-hungry new generation of users in densely populated areas, following an LTE rollout which began in February 2014. A release adds that by deploying LTE on 2100MHz, DTAC gains improved network capacity and enhanced performance in Bangkok, and will also have ‘a cost-effective network ready for continued data traffic growth’. TeleGeography notes that Telenor subsidiary DTAC’s new service is the country’s second commercial LTE launch after True Corp’s combined 3G/4G 2100MHz debut in May 2013, while additional LTE-suitable spectrum in the 1800MHz band is up for grabs in an auction scheduled by the Thai authorities for August this year.
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