Thailand’s True Group Expands Network With Major Investment

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BANGKOK, Nov 13 – True Group is reinforcing its position as Thailand’s leading hi-speed home and mobile Internet provider, expanding its hi-speed home Internet network by investing 33 billion baht. The expansion of the fibre network (FTTx)will enable it to reach about four million households in Bangkok and also expand nationwide to cover a total of 10 million by 2016.

This will help Thailand become the regional hub for digital economy, it said in a statement. True is also investing 10 billion baht to expand its hi-speed Mobile Internet network to make its 4G LTE service accessible to cover 80 per cent of the Thai population nationwide by mid-2015. Suphachai Chearavanont, President and CEO of True Corporation Plc, said the country is poised to become the future regional hub for digital economy.

“As the leading hi-speed home and mobile Internet provider, we are very confident of transforming Bangkok’s infrastructure by investing 33 billion baht to expand our FTTx network to cover four million households in Bangkok and also expand coverage nationwide to 10 million households by 2016,” he added. The 33 billion baht project includes installing a fibre optic network throughout Bangkok, including high-rise buildings, as well as nationwide within two years.

In 2016 True’s hi-speed home Internet network will cover 10 million households nationwide. It said when complete, the innovative hi-speed home Internet FTTH service will support Quad Play services that include broadband up to 10 Gbps, clear voice, ultra-high definition (UHD) TV and the ability connect to a super hi-speed mobile hot-spot device (equivalent to 4G), meeting the requirements of both residential and small business subscribers.

The broadband service via FTTx will drive the growth of Thailand’s hi-speed Internet market, increasing True’s market share in Bangkok and the surrounding areas from 65 per cent to 70 per cent by 2016. For the hi-speed mobile Internet, TrueMove H is the first 4G LTE service provider to enable customers to use mobile Internet at speeds three to five times faster.

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