Six companies have picked up bidding documents for the Thai 4G spectrum auctions: Advanced Wireless Network (AIS); DTAC TriNet and DTAC Broadband; True Move H Universal Communication and Hutchison Telecommunications (Thailand); and Jas Mobile Broadband. With the endless changes and back and forth (we’ve already written about the uncertainty being created) the bidders must factor into their strategy the unreliability of the regulator. Continue reading “Thai 4G Auctions – Opting Out as a Bidding Strategy”
Winning bidders in the upcoming 4G Auctions will be building new 4G networks in the spectrum acquired. Both TRUE and DTAC already offer 4G service, so they may already understand the challenges of building a modern 4G network. AIS, and potentially Jasmine Mobile, have not yet launched 4G service and will be working hard to catch up. This follows our previous article in our series about the Thai 4G Auctions. Continue reading “Thai 4G Auctions – Network Implementation”
Later this year Thailand plans to auction radio spectrum for 4G services. The Thai government, led by the National Broadcasting and Telecoms Commission (NBTC), will auction licenses in 900 MHz and 1800 MHz later this year. The Auctions 1800 MHz spectrum are scheduled for November 11th; the 900 MHz auction a month later, though the exact date remains in doubt. 2 licenses will be auctioned for 12.5 MHz each in 1800MHz spectrum, and 2 licenses of 10 MHz each in 900 MHz spectrum. Continue reading “Thai 4G Auctions Bid Strategies – Jasmine”
Last week I wrote about Thailand’s 3G spectrum auctions in Thailand Should Leapfrog 3G and Move Directly to 4G. Some readers disagreed, mostly on the grounds that 4G was not ready or that existing users of 3G-in-2G-spectrum would be upset that their 3G handset investment would be obsoleted sooner than expected. I felt these comments somewhat missed the point I had hoped to make, and was therefore somewhat gratified when Don Sambandaraksa of the Bangkok Post supported the idea.
The comments to my original article, both positive and negative, got me thinking about the impediments that face a 4G deployment in Thailand. The one that is probably the easiest to address is the availability of nationwide Metro Ethernet. Read on as I explore this critical requirement of 4G mobile networks.
Last week I wrote that Thailand should actively consider skipping 3G altogether in favor of a 4G network. Today’s Bangkok Post, in commentary by Don Sambandaraksa, Peering through the dust that’s settled over 3G, now that 3G spectrum auctions are tied up in litigation and TOT has been approved 19 million Baht to expand their 3G network.
In the commentary Sambandaraksa acknowledges that the 800 MHz spectrum currently used by CAT in service of their 3G CDMA network could also be used for 4G. He goes on to point out that DTAC also has an option to deploy LTE if they are granted a license concession n 1800 MHz. This clearly establishes that spectrum is not an impediment to deploying a 4G network. Thanks for your support, Don. But I beat you to it. Just kidding.
Certainly other concern exists, such as nationwide availability of Metro Ethernet for Base Station backhaul and reliable Internet access. I’ll be writing more on those topics soon.