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Thailand prepares for next step in mobile communications


Bangkok, Thailand, Nokia Siemens Networks is one of two vendors selected by DTAC to supply gear for its 3G Network

Total Access Communication Public Company Ltd. (DTAC) has signed a frame agreement with Nokia Siemens Networks as one of its two vendors to upgrade its network to 3G.

“It is just a question of time before 3G becomes mainstream in Thailand,” said Tore Johnsen, CEO, DTAC. “To be suitably prepared for the change, we have chosen two vendors – one of them being our long trusted 2G partner, Nokia Siemens Networks. Having worked with them since 2000, we are certain they will guide us through the high speed data demands that will become the norm for mobile communications in the future.”

“One of the biggest deterrents to 3G has been the associated capital outlay in upgrading current 2G networks,” said Christian Fredrikson, Head of Asia Pacific, Nokia Siemens Networks. ”Our technology provides a cost efficient, smooth and future-proof migration path, enabling operators to embrace the next wave of wireless communications.”

In the frame contract, Nokia Siemens Networks will deliver radio access network with both 2G and 3G technologies to DTAC. In the Core network, DTAC’s Circuit Switch will be enhanced to accommodate 2G/3G, and a Packet Switch will be introduced for high speed packet access (HSPA). This will help DTAC to increase its high speed data throughput in packet core network that simplifies the network and the data flow between the end-user and the Internet*.

About DTAC

Total Access Communication Public Company Limited, or “DTAC”, is one of the leading telecommunication services providers in Thailand. Founded in August 1989, it operates 800 MHz and 1800 MHz frequency bands under a concession granted by the Communications Authority of Thailand (“CAT”).

About Nokia Siemens Networks

Nokia Siemens Networks is a leading global enabler of telecommunications services. With its focus on innovation and sustainability, the company provides a complete portfolio of mobile, fixed and converged network technology, as well as professional services including consultancy and systems integration, deployment, maintenance and managed services. It is one of the largest telecommunications hardware, software and professional services companies in the world. Operating in 150 countries, its headquarters are in Espoo, Finland.

* Note to the editor:

* Nokia Siemens Networks Flexi base station is the industry’s smallest and most efficient multi-technology base station, providing an environmentally sustainable solution for the operator’s radio access network with up to 70% site energy savings. Furthermore, its WCDMA Flexi Base Station is software upgradeable to HSPA+ and LTE (Long Term Evolution) technology.
* Nokia Siemens Networks is the industry leader in WCDMA/HSPA, to date having over 140 3G radio network references
* Nokia Siemens Networks is the innovation leader in packet core solutions with its industry-leading Direct Tunnel, an important step towards the flat architecture of LTE, as well as an integral part the Internet HSPA (I-HSPA) innovation from Nokia Siemens Networks that enables a fully flat architecture already today. As part of its Mobile Broadband Internet Access offering, the company has driven the development of Direct Tunnel technology from standardization right up to the delivery of the industry’s first commercial solution in 2007. In fact, today Nokia Siemens Networks has almost 40 3GPP compliant Direct Tunnel deployments underway, almost 15 of these in live use.


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