AIS is the first operator to receive the 2600 MHz frequency ranges to provide official 5G services after paying the first portion of the spectrum of slightly more than Bt2 billioon this morning (February 21), Somchai Lertsutiwong, Advanced Info Service’s Chief Executive Officer said today.
The firm expects to provide official commercial 5G services with packages around April this year and anticipates laying down around 5,000 cell sites in May. Samsung will be the first 5G mobile devices to support 5G services from next month.
Somchai said that the firm also demonstrated the capability of the AIS 5G network nationwide by showing speed test, streaming 4K video and video calling from 5 major cities in Thailand, in the North at the Thapae Gate in Chiang Mai province, in the South at the Monument of Thao Thep Krasattri and Thao Si Sunthon in Phuket province, in the Northeast at Lan Yamo in Nakhon Ratchasima province, in the East at Bali Hai Peninsula, Pattaya and in the Central region at Phra Pathommachedi in Nakhon Pathom province.
AIS is planning an initial investment budget of Bt10 billion to Bt15 billion over the next 12 months.
Takorn Tantasith, secretary-general of the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) said that with the 5G services, the NBTC will now be able to drive the economy in communities, start-ups, smart hospitals, smart farms, smart educations to reduce inequality.