Triple T Broadband, a wholly owned subsidiary of Thai telco TT&T, yesterday signed a USD35 million contract with three equipment suppliers – Alcatel, Huawei and Jasmine Telecom System – to install broadband network infrastructure. Prasitchai Kritsanayunyong, senior vice-president for corporate finance with TT&T and a director of Triple T Broadband, said that the first phase of a nationwide network rollout was scheduled for completion in September, with selected services to be launched immediately, whilst triple-play equipment would be installed to provide digital broadcasting services in early 2007. He added that talks were taking place with content providers, including CNN and some local firms, regarding broadband TV programming. TT&T currently has 130,000 broadband users, a total expected to reach 200,000 by the end of this year. The network expansion is projected to take its broadband customer total to 300,000 next year and full capacity of 430,000 in 2008. ‘We expect to realise THB100 million (USD2.6 million) in revenue from Triple T Broadband this year,’ said Mr Prasitchai, projecting that the figure will surge to THB1 billion in 2007.
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