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True Move to launch 3G in April (Thailand)

Reuters reports that True Move, Thailand’s third largest mobile phone operator by users, plans to launch commercial 3G services in Bangkok this April. The GSM operator is partnering with state-run CAT Telecom to offer a trial W-CDMA/HSPA service, its CEO Supachai Chearavanont told reporters. True currently offers its mobile services via a build-transfer-operate (BTO) contract with CAT, which has allocated it additional 800MHz band frequencies to launch the trial. ‘We don’t know exactly when the new 2.1 [GHz] licence will be issued. We have to [launch using the 800MHz band] now so that customers will be able to use 3G,’ Supachai explained. True Move plans to import equipment to upgrade CAT’s network infrastructure at 600 base stations at a cost of about THB1 billion (USD29 million), the CEO said. It will begin offering trial customers the Apple 3G iPhone from Friday, and claims more than 10,000 handsets have been reserved online. True Move’s BTO contract with CAT will expire in 2013, but CAT has agreed to a five-year extension, according to Supachai.

Wireless Industry News


January 14, 2009 at 17:11 Leave a comment

Thailand’s True Move to sell iPhone 3G?

Apple is talking to every operators in Thailand about iPhone 3G, but seems True Move will be the first to seal the deal. True Move, the country’s third largest, said in its statement, “True Move has signed an agreement with Apple to bring the iPhone 3G to Thailand in the coming months.”

Yet, no official date is revealed. Currently, Thailand has not ready yet for 3G network, as it is being tested. Thai users may use available EDGE or GPRS for data connection. True Move has 13 million subscribers, while country’s largest, AIS, has 26.8 million subscibers.

If this condition is true, Thailand will be third country in the region, after Singapore and Philippines, that officially sell the Apple phone. Previously, Singapore and Philippines were joining other countries to sell iPhone 3G starting August 22.

FYI, there are tons of pirated iPhones available in Bangkok’s MBK centre. The US-original phone is offered around 29,500 bath (US$ 842), while Hongkong-original phone–offers easier way to insert the SIM card–is sold for 35,000 baht.

So, when will Malaysia and Indonesia join the legion to sell iPhone 3G?

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December 22, 2008 at 09:39 Leave a comment


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