Thai cellco Digital Total Access Communication (DTAC) has carried out technical tests of 4G LTE technology at its headquarters, demonstrating downloading of data at 150Mbps, as part of technical trials recently launched by the firm in the vicinity of Siam Square and Chamchuri Square in Bangkok. Prathet Tankuranun, senior vice president at DTAC’s network operations division, said that the test, involving usage of datacards/modems and 4G-compatible smartphones, showed a ‘satisfactory’ result. Darmp Sukontasap, chief corporate affairs officer at DTAC, stated: ‘Our current network system would enable us to switch on 3G and 4G signals [in] less than 15 minutes at each base station and bring state-of-the-art services, as well as new possibilities and limitless opportunities to our customers nationwide.’ The company added that, by the end of this year it expects to have completed similar upgrades at base stations in other parts of the country. It is also preparing to roll out 2100MHz 3G services after winning an UMTS network operating concession last month, although this cannot be officially issued until a state investigation into the auction result is completed.
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