AIS to spend USD1.7bn on 3G in three years

2 Mar 2009

Thailand’s largest mobile operator by users, Advanced Info Service (AIS), said today it plans to invest THB60 billion (USD1.7 billion) over three years in the rollout of 3G services, reports Reuters. Pornrat Janjarassakul, AIS’s head of corporate planning and investor relations, told reporters: ‘If we get a 3G licence [expected in the third quarter of this year] we will invest about THB20 billion a year for three years to have nationwide coverage.’ Last month the company said it planned to spend a total of about THB13-15 billion this year, which included investment to expand 3G services on its existing network. In the absence of a 2.1GHz UMTS licence, AIS currently offers W-CDMA/HSPA services in the 900MHz frequency band, with limited coverage.

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