Finally, after years of controversy, the Thai government has made a decision to allow 3G (third generation) mobile phone service in Thailand allowing better voice transmission, faster internet downloading and computing and far better global roaming.
The Communications Authority of Thailand (CAT) Telecom awarded deals on January 27 to two of True Corp’s wholly owned subsidiaries for joint development with CAT of the 3G wireless broadband services nationwide. True’s Real Move will oversee 800,000 customers of CAT on its CDMA network in 25 Thai provinces for two years. CAT will convert the network to 3G-High Speed Packet Access (HSPA) technology.
The planned HSPA network is expected to draw 2 million customers within two years, of which the first group will be existing customers on the CDMA network in 25 provinces.
This leaves Thailand’s largest mobile phone provider, AIS (One to Call), and the second, DTAC (Happy) with nothing for now leaving the future of these operators to hinge on TOT’s e-auction for the 3G 2.1GHz network later this year.