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.
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., says: “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, adds: “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.”
Ericsson is today present in all high-traffic LTE markets, including the US, Japan and South Korea, and is ranked first for handling global LTE traffic – 40 percent of the world’s mobile traffic is carried over Ericsson networks. Ericsson is number one in LTE market share within the world’s top 100 cities. More than 230 Ericsson LTE RAN and evolved Packet Core networks have been delivered worldwide, of which 170 are live commercially.