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True’s limited 4G phone service to launch in Phuket this year

True’s limited 4G phone service to launch in Phuket this year

PHUKET: Telecoms company True Move has jumped pre-emptively to beat its bigger rivals with the launch yesterday (May 8) of Thailand’s first commercial fourth-generation (4G) wireless broadband service, and it will be introduced to Phuket this year.

Thursday 9 May 2013, 02:26PM

See earlier story about Thailand’s first ‘real’ 3G network here

The country’s third-largest mobile operator rolled out 4G and 3G service on the 2.1-gigahertz international standard with 500 base stations on each network.

This is on top of its existing 3G network of 13,000 base stations nationwide on the 850-megahertz spectrum.

The company’s 4G network, the current ultimate in mobile communications technology and five times faster than 3G, serves users in the densely populated high-rises of Bangkok’s central business district areas of Siam Square, Silom Road and Sathon Road.

The 4G network will be expanded to 15 provinces this year including to Phuket, Chon Buri, Prachuap Khiri Khan, Chiang Mai, Surat Thani and Ayutthaya.

Subscription packages for 4G start from B699. These include unlimited data service at a speed of 2 Gbps. However, only a few handsets sold in Thailand are 4G-compatible.

True Move’s 3G service, offered under the True Move H brand, averages B1 per megabyte, half the cost of its 2G service.

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Suphachai Chearavanont, chief executive of parent company True Corp, said the goal is to stay one step ahead of the group’s bigger rivals in the areas of mobile 3G and 4G.

Through Real Future, True Corp will by year-end increase the number of its 4G and 3G base stations on the 2.1-GHz spectrum to 2,000 and 5,000, respectively.

The number of 3G base stations on the 850-MHz spectrum will rise to 14,000 this year.

Mr Suphachai said True will spend another B15 billion on network expansion this year. “We plan to retain our leadership in the 3G market.”

Adiruth Thothaveesansuk, True Move’s managing director, said the company hopes to have 6 million 4G subscribers by year-end compared with 3.2 million at present for 3G. – Bangkok Post

Read the original story here.

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