Sweden’s Ericsson has issued a press release on its ongoing expansion of Thai operator True Corp’s 4G LTE network, which it says is stepping up its ambitions to expand mobile broadband coverage in Thailand’s urban areas. The release says the partners have now ‘completed the rollout of LTE in Central, Western, Northern and Southern Thailand’. The expansion will allow True to offer its 22.4 million subscribers improved mobile broadband experiences based on HSPA and LTE technologies, supported by Ericsson’s deployment of its multi-standard RBS 6000 family of radio base stations, along with a range of services including project management, system integration, interoperability testing, network design and implementation, as well as competence development of personnel. Vichaow Rakphongphairoj, COO of True Corp, said: ‘We are happy to offer our subscribers an improved smartphone user experience, with faster web browsing and downloads. This further strengthens our mobile broadband leadership as the first to launch 4G LTE in Thailand. It means more exciting opportunities for businesses, as well as new services for subscribers.’
TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database says that True Corp became the first operator in Thailand to launch commercial 4G mobile services in May 2013 when it switched on a 2100MHz network initially spanning 500 base stations, offering both 4G LTE and 3G W-CDMA/HSPA+ services, under its subsidiary Real Future’s full network operating licence issued five months earlier.