Thailand’s second-largest cellco by subscribers DTAC yesterday confirmed it has rolled out 4G LTE services in all districts of Bangkok, while it will deploy 1,200 LTE cell sites nationwide by the end of this month, forming part of its current THB11 billion (USD339 million) investment in 3G/4G network expansion totalling 6,500 sites nationwide. As reported by The Nation, Prapaprot Puprasert, senior vice president of DTAC, said the operator expects its 4G user base to reach 1.75 million in the short-term – a figure representing the rough number of existing subscribers who have 4G-capable handsets – up from around 600,000 currently, of whom 400,000 are within the Bangkok Metropolitan Area (BMA). DTAC launched commercial 4G in May 2014, following rival True Corp’s LTE debut twelve months earlier. True – Thailand’s third-largest mobile operator by users – currently claims a total of around 900,000 4G subscribers, while cellular market leader AIS is still waiting to launch 4G.
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