Thai fixed line and broadband operator TT&T intends to bid in the WiMAX spectrum auction mooted for February 2011, and has already begun deploying infrastructure in anticipation of winning commercial frequencies, says TelecomAsia. A TT&T source said the telco expects the authorities to auction four blocks of 2.3GHz band spectrum, and expects the firm’s biggest bidding rivals to include TOT, CAT Telecom and True Corp. The unnamed source said that TT&T is aiming for 500,000 WiMAX subscribers within two years of launching wireless broadband services via the wireless technology, including 200,000 of its existing DSL-based fixed broadband subscribers that it hopes will take bundled WiMAX services, in addition to 300,000 new WiMAX customers. TT&T plans to target the greater Bangkok market, which is currently dominated by True, which claims approximately 70% of the city’s broadband subscribers, and state-run TOT. The same source said TT&T has rolled out WiMAX base stations in Bangkok and regions surrounding the capital.
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