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* Contract signed with dtac Network for 3G network rollout to meet
growing data-traffic demand
* Users to enjoy improved smartphone performance, faster web browsing and
downloads, and better network performance in dense areas
* Improved network capacity for dtac Network, delivering enhanced
WCDMA/HSPA services and preparing for LTE
With a population of 67 million, Thailand has a mobile uptake rate of more
120 percent and one of the world's youngest internet users on average:
half of these are between age 15 and 24 and three-quarters are under 35.
Broadband is booming and the country's annual growth rate in data traffic
been around 30 percent in recent years. To meet the needs of this
avid and data-hungry generation of users, dtac Network, a subsidiary of
Thailand's second-largest mobile operator dtac, has signed a contract with
Ericsson (NASDAQ: ERIC)
for 3G network rollout and managed services.
The contract reinforces the ongoing partnership between the two, which
2011 when dtac selected Ericsson to transform its GSM network to
3G rollout has already started, and once completed consumers can expect a
superior user experience when browsing the internet on their smartphones or
downloading movies at much faster speeds. By deploying its WCDMA/HSPA
dtac Network will ensure improved network capacity and enhanced performance
Bangkok and the central and eastern regions.. The operator will also have a
cost-effective network ready for continued data-traffic growth, offering
enhanced mobile broadband services based on WCDMA/HSPA, while preparing for
Jon Eddy Abdullah, CEO of dtac, says: "We are pleased to roll out 3G
and we're convinced it will lead to many advantages not only for our users,
will enjoy better and faster access to information through our high-speed
network, but will also foster entrepreneurship and active development among
mobile operators, vendors, application developers and content producers. It
also contribute to national economic and social development because our 3G
network will reach people in all regions of the country."
Joacim Damgard, President of Ericsson Thailand says: "This contract is
important, not only for Ericsson because we are expanding our footprint in
country, but also in terms of realizing the Networked Society. Through this
network rollout, we are enabling Thai citizens to access 3G services that
enrich their everyday lives."
By deploying the latest core and radio access technology from Ericsson,
will be ready to offer mobile broadband services based on HSPA and LTE
technologies. The contract includes Ericsson's RBS 6000 multi-standard
base stations, MSC Server Blade Cluster and User Data Management, as well
Evolved Packet Core and circuit core solutions.
During Mobile World Congress 2013 in Barcelona, Ericsson showcases its
technology and services leadership for the ICT industry. Our solutions
superior network performance in the field, enable complete customer
management, and simplify and automate operations workflows - thereby
operational excellence. We show how the Networked Society comes to life -
it will mean for the industry and how it will enable our customers to
NOTES TO EDITORS
About dtac Network
A wholly owned subsidiary of Total Access Communication Public Company
(dtac), dtac Network received the spectrum license for International Mobile
Telecommunications in the 2.1GHz frequency band in December 2012.
With about 24 million customers, dtac is the second-largest mobile operator
DTAC prepares for data growth with Ericsson:
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