3G mobile phone service to be launched in April

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BANGKOK, March 13 – Thailand’s long-awaited third-generation mobile phone service on the 2.1 GHz spectrum will be available in this country in April, according to a senior official of the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC).

NBTC deputy secretary general Korkit Darnchaivichit said operators of the 3G-2.1 GHz service have imported 41,628 telecommunications radios for base stations and sought the NBTC’s permission to set up 1,208 additional stations.

He said the 3G-2.1 GHz service fee will be 15 per cent cheaper than the present mobile phone rates but users’ mobile phones must be compatible with 3G Sim cards, otherwise their mobile phones will run on the present 2G cellular telecom networks and their phone rates will not be lower.

He urged consumers to check if their mobile phones are applicable to 3G service.

Mr Korkit said the NBTC has instructed mobile phone operators to ensure that the quality of 2G service remains reliable.

Consumers who have problems with mobile phone service are requested to register their complaint to the NBTC’s Call Centre at Tel. 1200 or SMS 1200, free of charge, or telephone to 0.2271-3516 or via email at [email protected]