Below the phrases of the settlement, AIS will lease 13,500 base stations which the service expects to deploy over the subsequent two years
Thai service Superior Information System (AIS) has signed an settlement to lease Radio Entry Community (RAN) gear to state-run operator Nationwide Telecom (NT), in response to native press reviews.
The settlement will permit the state-owned firm to supply 5G providers utilizing its 700 MHz spectrun. The reviews famous that this leasing settlement has been already permitted by the native regulator.
Below the phrases of the settlement, AIS will lease 13,500 base stations which the service expects to deploy over the subsequent two years. Moreover, a nationwide roaming deal on AIS infrastructure has been agreed upon till March 2036.
Through the development of the brand new community infrastructure, AIS agreed to supply nationwide roaming providers to NT freed from cost. As a part of a separate settlement, NT will switch half of its 700 MHz spectrum to AIS, with the supply that 20% of the spectrum be reserved for MVNOs.
This separate deal stipulates that AIS pays NT a complete of THB14.9 billion ($419.6 million) for the spectrum.
State-owned CAT Telecom had beforehand acquired two, 5-megahertz blocks of 700 MHz spectrum in an public sale in 2020 for THB34.3 billion. Moreover, NT plans to launch 5G providers for enterprises utilizing 400 megahertz of 26 GHz spectrum acquired from TOT, which later merged with CAT Telecom.
Chinese language vendor ZTE lately partnered with AIS and Qualcomm Applied sciences to finish the trial of mmWave 5G Standalone know-how on the AZ heart in Bangkok.
Through the trial, ZTE famous that 5G mmWave SA know-how achieved downlink speeds of seven.04 Gbps, uplink speeds of two.12 Gbps below and end-to-end latency of lower than 4 milliseconds. The corporate added that these outcomes have been achieved utilizing a single CPE prototype powered by Snapdragon X65 5G Modem-RF System from Qualcomm Applied sciences, together with ZTE’s newest mmWave AAU community infrastructure gear.
AIS’s 5G community already coated all 77 provinces of Thailand as of the top of final 12 months. AIS launched 5G Non-Standalone (NSA) service in February 2020 utilizing the 700 MHz, 2.6 GHz and 26 GHz bandwidth that it received within the spectrum public sale, adopted by 5G SA in July 2020 in cooperation with Huawei.
AIS’ buyer base reaches almost 46.1 million subscribers, together with 6.8 million 5G subscribers as of the top of the fourth quarter of 2022. AIS had deployed round 26,000 5G base stations nationwide as of December 2022.