Ericsson signs contract with TrueMove for LTE-Advanced rollout in Thailand

Ericsson has signed a three-year frame contract with True Move H, a subsidiary of True Corporation Plc under the True Mobile Group, to enhance further rollout of LTE-Advanced Carrier Aggregation and 2G/3G networks on 900/1800/2100MHz spectrum in North, Central West, and South Thailand.

True won 900MHz and 1800MHz technology-neutral licences in Q4 2015 to augment its existing commercial 4G LTE 2100MHz network covering 80% of the Thai population. And, the operator is now aiming to rapidly deploy LTE-Advanced network covering 97% of the population.

True Move is spending 56 billion baht this year to launch the country’s first LTE Advanced network. True Move plans to install 13,500 LTE Advanced base stations on the 900MHz network to provide high-speed wireless broadband service in provinces and rural areas. Another 3,000 to 4,000 base stations on the 1800MHz network will be added to provide service in Bangkok and major provinces.

As part of the contract, Ericsson will deploy its multi-standard radio equipment using the new Ericsson Radio System and Ericsson RBS 6000 base station family for macro and small cells. Ericsson indoor small cell solutions include the Ericsson Radio Dot System for medium and large buildings, and the Ericsson RBS 6402 Indoor Picocell for smaller buildings. This will help TrueMove H enhance data speeds and improve app-coverage; enabling Thai consumers to enjoy improved mobile experience, such as faster web browsing and downloads.

According to the South East Asia and Oceania edition of the Ericsson Mobility Report, smartphone penetration in Thailand will be more than 90 percent by 2018, compared to around 60 percent at the end of 2015. With recent 4G/LTE auctions, LTE subscriptions in Thailand will reach around 30 percent of total mobile subscriptions by 2018.

Vichaow Rakphongphairoj, Managing Director and Chief Operating Officer of True Corporation Plc., said: “We are committed to offering our customers the best mobile broadband experience.  Our Partnership with Ericsson will further strengthen our 3G/WCDMA and 4G/LTE leadership in Thailand and enable us to offer optimized mobile data service with the best smartphone performance to our customers.”

Camilla Vautier, Country Head of Ericsson Thailand, added: “Mobile broadband users expect a high-quality user experience, and with the deployment of super-fast data services using the latest generation Ericsson radio network solutions, TrueMove H will be able to deliver a superior user experience to their customers.”