Nokia expands GSM network for AIS in Thailand

Advanced Info Service Public Company Limited (AIS), one of Thailand's mobile phone service operators, has signed a deal with Nokia worth US$19 million to expand AIS's GSM network in the Northern, Central and Southern regions of Thailand.

The expansion will improve network coverage and capacity and ensure that AIS can maintain a top-quality GSM network in the fiercely competitive Thailand market. 

Under the agreement Nokia is supplying a GSM radio network, including base stations and base station controllers; a core network, including the Nokia Mobile Switching Centre (MSC), the Nokia Intelligent Content Delivery (ICD), the Nokia Online Service Controller (OSC), and the Nokia Terminal Management Server (NTMS). The GSM expansion covers Northern, Central and Southern Thailand , although the Nokia ICD and NTMS will be supplied nationwide.

Nokia will provide services including project management, telecom implementation and planning for the GSM expansion. Nokia's systems integration will play an important role in integrating the Nokia ICD and NTMS solutions to AIS' charging system. The system continues to be supported by the unique multi-technology Nokia NetAct network and service management system. Nokia has been working with AIS since the early 1990s, providing comprehensive services for the operator's GSM infrastructure. The Nokia ICD solution enables AIS to provide data services to both prepaid and post-paid customers and charge for them differentially. The NTMS enables AIS customers to send and update mobile settings over-the-air.

* AIS is a subsidiary of Shin Corporation. After more than 15 years of service to Thailand 's wireless communications industry its subscribers number more than 16 million and market share is more than 50%. AIS service network covers 795 districts (amphur) throughout Thailand , plus international roaming across six continents. Additionally, indoor coverage has been greatly expanded in both Bangkok and the provinces.

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