Real Future vows to step up

Economy January 14, 2014 00:00

By Usanee Mongkolporn

The Nati

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Real Future of True Corp has promised the regulator it will install 6,000 more 2.1-gigahertz sites this year after completing only 1,000 out of the 4,400 sites targeted for last year.

The National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) had urged Real Future to show significant progress in its 2.1GHz network rollout.

A condition of all 2.1GHz licences is 50-per-cent coverage of the population within two years. The licences were issued in late December 2012.

An NBTC source said Real Future told the watchdog that it is confident of achieving this year’s network deployment goal.

True launched its Bt58-billion True Telecommunications Growth Infrastructure Fund on the Stock Exchange of Thailand last month. Part of the proceeds would be used to repay debt and fund its telecom network expansion.

The other two 2.1GHz licensees – Advanced Wireless Network of Advanced Info Service and DTAC TriNet of Total Access Communication (DTAC) – reportedly finished 11,000 and 5,100 sites countrywide last yearout of the schedule of 7,100 and 3,100 sites.

Last week the NBTC’s telecom committee approved 9.9 million mobile-phone numbers for AWN, which had requested 15 million numbers. Additional numbers for DTAC TriNet or Real Future are pending their submission of more information. DTAC TriNet has asked for 10 million, while Real Future wants 8 million.