3G mobile services attracting large numbers of users, kick off today

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BANGKOK, May 7 – Fierce competition in Thailand’s mobile phone services will compel three major operators to reduce fees for third-generation (3G) wireless broadband on the 2.1 gigahertz frequency at less than 15 per cent which was as earlier imposed by the authority, it was disclosed.

Settapong Malisuwan, vice chairman of the National Broadcast and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC), said operators have been instructed to expand their networks to cover 50 per cent of the country’s area in two years, but it turns out that they will possibly complete their task by the end of this year as they are sharing broadband towers.

The country’s three operators will roll out their 3G mobile services, starting with Advanced Info Service (AIS) today, True Move tomorrow and DTAC on Thursday.

Col Sethapong, chairman of the NBTC telecom committee, said 2G mobile service will continue as the concessions have yet to expire.

NBTC will ensure that operators provide efficient 2G service to users, he said.