The board of state-run telco TOT has approved a THB1.7 billion (USD50 million) plan to upgrade 500 1900MHz base stations owned by subsidiary Thai Mobile to offer 3G services in Bangkok by the end of this year, reports the Bangkok Post. Board spokesman Ratian Srimongkol confirmed that TOT would initially offer retail 3G services, but it was also preparing to offer wholesale network capacity, and that one privately owned operator had already made an approach to resell services. The upgrade from GSM to W-CDMA/HSPA technology is being handled by Ericsson and Nokia Siemens Networks.
The nationwide phase of TOT’s 3G project, covering 3,800 base stations, awaits Cabinet approval. The Nation newspaper reports that the Information and Communications Technology Ministry will submit TOT’s revised 3G investment plan worth THB20 billion to the Cabinet on 21 July. Late last month, the ministry withdrew the business plan from the Cabinet agenda, saying the Budget Bureau and the Finance Ministry had yet to submit their opinions.