Telecom operators officially launch 3G service on 2.1 GHz band


BANGKOK, 8 May 2013 Advanced Info Service Plc. has officially unveiled its mobile phone service utilizing the 3G network, after having received its license from the state telecommunications regulator. 

Executives from AIS and subsidiary company Advanced Wireless Network yesterday officiated their cell phone service on the 2.1 GHz network, which would at first be available only in Greater Bangkok and major cities in the provinces. AIS has already received permission to upgrade users to the 3G network from about 800,000 of its subscribers.

The National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission believes that by year-end the number of users utilizing the 3G network will reach 15 million. The regulator reports that 3,650 3G base stations have been approved so far. Most (3,512) of these belonged to AIS, whereas 130 belong to DTAC and 8 belong to Real Future Co. Ltd. It says DTAC will launch its 3G network next month.