Thai mobile operator DTAC has selected Nokia as its first 5G radio access network (RAN) partner in a three-year deal covering the north and northeastern regions of Thailand. Meanwhile, Ericsson 5G RAN products and solutions have been selected to power DTAC 5G services in the Bangkok metropolitan area, the central plains and the eastern economic and industrial region of Thailand.
Under the deal, Nokia will deploy 5G on low-band spectrum (700-900 Mhz) and mmWave band (26 GHz) and enhance networks on 2300 Mhz, 2100 Mhz, and 1800 Mhz spectrum bands. This combination will provide superior coverage and faster data speeds to subscribers. Thai’s DTAC will also deploy Nokia Software’s NetAct Cloud network management system, which delivers cloud-agnostic, best-in-class tools for troubleshooting, administration, software management, and configuration management.
Almost half of Thailand’s 70 million people live in areas to be served by a new Ericsson 5G RAN. The 5G deal is the latest stage in a long and successful partnership between Ericsson and DTAC. Ericsson Spectrum Sharing will enable DTAC to dynamically share 4G and 5G traffic to support a smooth, fast, and cost-effective transition to 5G.
(Sources: Ericsson, SDxCentral)