Digital Total Access Communication (DTAC) has confirmed that it is on track to achieve a target of expanding its 3G HSPA-based 850MHz network by a total of 3,000 additional base transceiver stations (BTS) by the end of 2012, for a total of 5,000 3G BTS. Thailand’s second largest cellco by subscribers revealed that it has reached nearly 2,000 3G BTS covering 45 provinces, and has set an investment budget of up to THB9 billion (USD290 million) for the 3G rollout this year under a plan to bring its third-generation services to every district in the country. Simultaneously, DTAC said that its nationwide 2G network upgrade to install new equipment for more than 10,000 BTS will also be completed by the end of 2012 as scheduled, providing enhanced voice quality and data speeds. The upgrade is also designed to bring the cellco’s entire network up to readiness for upcoming 2100MHz 3G services following licence auctions set for September/October this year as well as 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) services, which the company is hoping to test in Q3 2012 pending regulatory approval, having already received permission from state-run telco CAT Telecom, the issuer of DTAC’s build-transfer-operate (BTO) revenue-sharing operating concession.
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