Thai fixed line operator TT&T has earmarked investment of up to THB6 billion (USD160 million) to roll out WiMAX services this year, dependent on it receiving a ‘type-3’ fixed line licence, expected by the end of this month. TT&T plans to use THB2 billion of its operating revenue to finance the WiMAX expansion, with the remaining THB4 billion coming via leasing agreements with the project’s equipment suppliers. National rollout of WiMAX infrastructure is planned over the next six months, with a launch of commercial services scheduled for the end of the year.
TT&T has also revealed plans to enter the 3G cellular market, once the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) issues 3G licences and finalises licensing fees. The provincial telco said it was ready to invest in a planned nationwide THB50 billion 3G network, with Japan’s NTT DoCoMo as a prospective strategic partner.