Advanced Info Service (AIS) expects to test 5G service later this month, Wasit Wattanasap, the company's head of nationwide operations and support department, said on Friday.
He said the company is waiting for the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) to allow telecom operators to test 5G technology testing and added that AIS is preparing for future technologies, especially 5G, which it believes will help enhance capability of various industries.
Recently the NBTC said it plans to test 5G wireless broadband technology early next year. Among the spectra the NBTC will deploy to test the 5G technology are those in the range of 3.5GHz and 24GHz. They are the spectra for which there is compatible equipment.
The trials will focus on whether their use will interfere with the signals for other spectra as well as help to determine the potential applications of 5G services in Thailand.
The NBTC has set up a working panel on 5G development. The regulator has yet to finalise which spectrum bands it will assign for the future offerings of 5G services, as this calculation is subject to many factors.