Thailand’s second largest cellco by subscribers Digital Total Access Communications (DTAC) has selected Nokia Siemens Networks (NSN) and Huawei Technologies to supply it with equipment for a planned 3G network rollout, reports Reuters, quoting a company official. DTAC, controlled by Norway’s Telenor, had a change of CEO in September 2008. Upon taking the role, Tore Johnsen gave a cautious statement that the commercial 3G launch would not happen until the third quarter of 2009, or until the operator is satisfied that demand for mobile data services is sufficient. Under former CEO Sigve Brekke, who is now CEO of DTAC’s regional parent Telenor Asia, the Thai cellco proposed a launch of 3G UMTS services using its existing 850MHz frequencies in the first quarter of 2009, with nationwide services targeted by mid-year under an investment budget of at least THB5 billion (USD150 million). Thailand’s cellular market leader Advanced Info Service (AIS) launched a small scale commercial UMTS network in the 900MHz band in May 2008 and expanded the service to Bangkok in December. It is hoped that the state will award 2100MHz concessions to private operators sometime this year.
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