AIS cuts 3G budget again

27 Oct 2008

Advanced Info Service (AIS), Thailand’s leading cellco by users, will spend only 40% of the USD150 million it earmarked for 3G services this year, having already scaled back an original investment plan of USD600 million, reports the Bangkok Post. President Wichian Mektrakarn said AIS now planned to spend only USD60 million on 3G UMTS-900 infrastructure and services in Bangkok, Chiang Mai and Chon Buri, with a total of 600 base stations. The remaining USD90 million is slated for expanding into provinces with high potential data services demand at a later date. Mr Wichian added that AIS was still planning to embark on full-scale 3G investment once the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) allocates 2100MHz UMTS concessions as part of a new 3G regulatory framework.

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