Adviser for 2nd phase of 3G network
The TOT board yesterday approved the hiring of an adviser for the launch of the second phase of its nationwide 3G network installation at a cost of Bt30 billion, totalling 15,000 base stations.It will focus for this phase on its own network assets and sites of concession holder Advanced Info Service (AIS) to save installation costs, said board chairman Udom Puasakul.
The adviser will help analyse the financial and business plan and determine how many base stations will be set up on a co-siting basis.
TOT has utilised the 1,965-1,980-megahertz and 2,155-2,170MHz spectrum bands to offer third-generation cellular service.
AIS subsidiary Advanced Wireless Network, which holds a licence to use the 2.1-gigahertz spectrum, will utilise the 1,950-1,965MHz and 2,140-2,155MHz bands to provide 3G service.
TOT is confident that it will have installed 4,000 base stations under the first phase by February 24 and 5,320 by May.
The state agency will ask the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission for permission to test fourth-generation wireless broadband on its 2.3GHz spectrum in Greater Bangkok.