DTAC, Thailand’s second largest mobile operator is to upgrade its 3G network and lay the foundation for a 4G LTE network in partnership with Alcatel-Lucent.
The deal will ultimately deliver ultra-broadband mobile access to more than 40 percent of the Thai population. Thailand currently has more than 93 million mobile subscribers. There are an estimated 1.3 mobile devices per person in a total population of 68.4 million.
Telenor owned DTAC's market share is estimated to be 30% with around 27.9 million subscribers at the end of 2013. DTAC’s mobile subscription growth rate is currently 6 percent per year but the number of domestic data subscribers grew 17% in 2013.
Deployment of the 100 gigabit-per-second (Gbps) optical network is already under way in Bangkok with expansion to other parts of Thailand due to continue throughout 2014.
Commenting on the upgrade, Mr. Panya Vechbanyongratana, SVP, Network Operations Division, at DTAC said: "This is the first deployment of 100G GMPLS in Thailand. It enables us to offer our expanding roster of customers, and especially smartphone users, the best possible service. Alcatel-Lucent’s technology will also allow us to make a smooth and cost-effective transition to 4G when the time is right."
DTAC is deploying Alcatel-Lucent’s 1830 Photonic Service Switch (PSS) converged Wave Division Multiplexing/Optical Transport Network (WDM/OTN) platform and Alcatel-Lucent’s intelligent generalized multiprotocol label switching (GMPLS) Control Plane that ensures automated network operation and the highest level of service protection for maximum reliability. Included in the 1830 PSS is Wavelength Tracker technology which provides an integrated view of all wavelengths across DTAC’s network making it easier to monitor performance and identify problem areas.