AIS invites Thais to experience 5G First Live in Thailand on 22 November (The Nation)
After securing an additional 10MHz of spectrum on the 1800MHz band in August 2018, AIS has become the digital network service operator with the most bandwidth with a total 120MHz (60MHz x 2) of spectrum. In addition, AIS has been using Super Block (20MHz x 2) of the 1800MHz band for the development of its network quality nationwide to offer 4G services at speeds more than 30% higher to more than 40.6 million subscribers since the end of September 2018.
“In order to match behavior of Thais and meet the more than 70% growth in customer data provision compared to the same period last year or about 10 Gigabytes per person per month, we've partnered with TOT to share a TOT's network for the commercial use of 2100MHz spectrum. This offers customers to experience quality of data usage with higher speed by 20-30% and increased the company's network capacity for customer data provision by 25%. When compared with other operators, AIS is the leader of mobile network operators in the country that provides the biggest bandwidth for 4G service with a 100MHz of spectrum from the total 120MHz under the licenses of AIS. The company will start 4G service on 2100MHz in high-density use areas", says Mr. Wasit Wattanasap, Head of Nationwide Operations & Support Department, AIS.
He adds that in addition to network development, AIS is studying to prepare for future technologies especially 5G. Though there is unclear business case, but we do believe that 5G will help enhance capability of various industries driving the country's growth effectively from 3 core components:
- Upgrading the network performance with higher data speeds based on Enhanced Mobile Broadband or eMBB, the first commercial application of 5G which requires high data rates across a wide coverage area.
- Expanding the capacity of wireless connectivity between devices so-called Massive machine-type communications or mMTC, aimed to support internet of things (IoT).
- Improving network quality for fast responsiveness and ultra-reliable and low latency communications, suitable for medical safety and self-driving cars.
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