In their bid to improve quality and increase efficiency of their services nationwide, Thailand’s AIS and dtac TriNet have recently announced their partnership to share 2000 telecommunication towers.
This development comes in line with the Digital Economy strategy and the regulations of the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC). The AIS-dtac TriNet partnership agreement includes sharing 2,000 telecom towers within this year to effectively support increasing mobile phone and internet usage through accelerated nationwide coverage expansion.
Weerawat Kiattipongthaworn, Senior Executive Vice President – Operations, Advanced Info Service PLC. or AIS says that the sharing of telecom towers to enhance our nationwide service reflects our commitment in expanding our coverage and supporting the growing demand and the widely distributed population across Thailand. The sharing also complies with the NBTC’s policy that promotes shared infrastructure and equipment, which would prevent the installation of redundant base stations, especially those in communities, and reduce environmental issues.
“Our partnership, between Advanced Wireless Network (AWN) and dtac TriNet, focuses on improving service quality for our 3G 2100 MHz customers as well as meeting demands of AIS and dtac TriNet customers nationwide. We are launching a pilot, and by the end of this year we expect AIS and dtac TriNet to operate 2,000 shared telecom towers,” said Weerawat.
Prathet Tankuranun, Chief Technology Officer, Total Access Communication PLC. or dtac and Director, dtac TriNet Co., Ltd. says that dtac TriNet has signed a partnership agreement with Advance Wireless Network Co., Ltd. (AWN) to share some telecom infrastructure, which brings a new dimension to the development of the telecommunications industry to support customers’ fast-growing demand, especially in mobile internet. Based on Q2/2015 data, dtac TriNet subscriber base has significantly increased to 23.5 million. The partnership also supports the government’s digital economy strategy, which aims to expand mobile internet coverage as much as possible.
Prathet says, “dtac TriNet Co., Ltd. has signed a partnership agreement with Advanced Wireless Network Co., Ltd. (AWN) to share our telecom towers, targeting at 2,000 towers by the end of 2015, to increase the coverage area and enhance the service of both companies. The infrastructure sharing helps reduce redundant investment in installation, shorten lead times in expanding coverage area and improving network quality, and reduce environmental problems caused by redundant telecom towers built in the same area. dtac TriNet believes that shared telecom infrastructure bring the most benefit to all parties, including customers, the industry, and the country as a whole.”
“Currently, in many countries around the world, including England, Spain, Canada, Brazil, India, and Malaysia, mobile operators are sharing their telecom infrastructure for mobile services to reduce monopoly and sharing restriction. Infrastructure sharing helps drive coverage expansion and brings the most benefit to customers, the government, and operators,” said Prathet.