True budgets USD1.31bn for fibre broadband and LTE rollouts

14 Nov 2014

Thailand’s True Corp has announced plans for a transformation of its fixed and wireless broadband networks, budgeting THB43 billion (USD1.31 billion) to overhaul existing platforms, Reuters reports. True, controlled by billionaire Dhanin Chearavanont’s Charoen Pokphand Group, plans to spend THB33 billion to expand its fibre broadband access network by around four million households in Bangkok and other provinces, to take total coverage to ten million households in 2016 (of a country total of around 21.5 million homes). True, which is 18%-owned by China Mobile, will also invest THB10 billion in its mobile broadband network to expand 4G LTE services to 80% of the population by mid-2015, it stated. TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database notes that the bulk of True’s fixed broadband expansion in the last couple of years has been largely based on hybrid fibre coaxial (HFC) DOCSIS cable technology, having passed 4.4 million homes across 66 provinces by March 2014, although it has deployed other fixed technology platforms including fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) since 2011 and VDSL2 (supported by fibre transmission) since 2010 in selected areas, and has offered fibre Ethernet/LAN connections in Bangkok since 2000.

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