dtac, part of Telenor Group, has selected Nokia as its first 5G RAN partner in a three-year deal covering the North and North Eastern regions of Thailand and will launch 5G services in 2022.
dtac’s 5G connectivity that will support the country’s efforts to digitize as part of its ‘Thailand 4.0’ economic strategy and the deployment is expected to begin later this year with completion expected in 2022.
With this deal, Nokia plays a key role in ensuring that dtac’s network performance is fully 5G-ready and enabling a faster rollout of new 5G services as demand grows.
The deal, which is an extension of Nokia’s existing partnership with dtac, will see an accelerated large-scale deployment of 5G on low-band spectrum (700 – 900 MHz), high-capacity mmWave technology (26 GHz), as well as enhancements of the existing networks utilizing 2300 MHz, 2100 MHz and 1800 MHz spectrum. This combination will provide superior coverage and faster data speeds to subscribers.
Nokia will provide its AirScale Radio Access solutions for 4G and 5G networks that will improve overall network performance while enabling dtac to deliver 5G experience with ultra-low latency and extreme capacity. dtac will also deploy Nokia Software’s NetAct Cloud network management system, which delivers cloud-agnostic tools for troubleshooting, administration, software management and configuration management.
Prathet Tankuranun, Chief Technology Officer, dtac said, “We never stop improving our network and delivering better data experiences across a broad range of devices. Our current deployment leverages 5G-enhanced mobile broadband and 5G-ready Massive MIMO technology to bring improved coverage and higher data capacity to our customers nationwide.”
Tommi Uitto, President – Mobile Networks, Nokia said, “We are delighted to extend our long-standing partnership with dtac in Thailand and be the first vendor to partner with the operator in the 5G era. Our AirScale portfolio offers a clear migration path to 5G and we look forward to supporting dtac with its efforts to deliver compelling 5G experiences to subscribers.”