4G in Thailand: Dtac to start testing before New Year


Total Access Communication (Dtac) is to start testing Thailand’s long awaited 4G network at Suvarnabhumi and Don Mueang airports before the end of the year.

Airports and other major transport hubs which have heavy mobile internet usage are a major priority for Dtac as it begins rolling out 4G throughout Thailand, reports The Nation.

According to research carried out by Dtac, internet usage at Suvarnabhumi has increased by almost 80% within the last 12 months, whilst the growth of internet usage at Don Mueang is even greater, increasing by more than 300% during the peak times of between 7pm and 8pm.

Prior to the arrival of 4G in Thailand and in a bid to establish itself as the leading provider of high speed mobile data communications, Dtac will add more than 6,500 base stations throughout Bangkok and across 30 major cities in Thailand by 31st March 2015.

By the end of the year, Dtac will also expand its 4G network to other major airports including Phuket and Chiang Mai before adding it to airports at Chiang Rai, Koh Samui, Hat Yai, Khon Kaen, Ubon Ratchathani and Phitsanulok early next year.

Airports of Thailand reports Suvarnabhumi and Don Mueang airports handled 50.9 million and 15.56 million passengers, respectively, in 2013.

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