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dtac Accelerates 700 MHz Rollout To Bring High-Speed For All

Launches 5G and 4G on the same band – 700 MHz, using DSS leading-edge technology 5G rollout introduced in 6 provinces with 41 compatible smartphone models Full low-, mid-, and high-band spectrum readiness, with the continuous expansion of 2300 MHz network   February 18, 2021 – dtac is ramping up the rollout of its low-band 700 MHz network to bring high-speed internet for all. The license for the new spectrum was acquired on 24 December 2020 and dtac turned on more than 2,400 sites within Q4, 2020. An aggressive rollout plan in 2021 includes targeting an additional 4,000 sites for Q1 alone followed by accelerated expansion throughout the year. The 700 MHz spectrum will bring additional coverage both indoors and in rural areas, improving the customer experience significantly. This is in addition to constant additions to the dtac network in terms of speed and capacity. dtac added 3,000 base stations on the 2300 MHz spectrum (spectrum in partnership with NT or former TOT) in 2020, reaching a total of approximately 20,400 base stations. The total number of users on 4G is currently 12.2 million, accounting for 64 percent of the overall customer base. Moreover, dtac successfully upgraded the network last…

dtac processed close to 500k OTP SMS in first 9 minutes of Government’s 50:50 program

On the request by the industry regulator, NBTC, dtac today shared further information regarding the company’s preparations and execution of operations in connection with the Government’s recent 50:50 program. “dtac’s IT-systems were 100 percent ready for customers and performed very well on 20 January. The average response time was fast and delivery accuracy was according to our high standards”, said Sharad Mehrotra, CEO of dtac. Among other things, the data shared in the meeting with NBTC mentioned that dtac’s systems processed close to 500k OTP SMS related to the 50:50 program, before it was closed by the Government at 06.09 am. The final number of eligible seekers will be confirmed later. In total, 1.34mn applicants will be granted the subsidy. Commenting on the company’s preparations ahead of the event, CEO of dtac said: “In line with request from NBTC and in order to meet the expectations of our customers, dtac had taken several measures to ready its IT-systems and network for the 50:50 program, including complete end-to-end technical readiness testing with key technology partners to simulate the full scope of the registration as closely to the real process as possible.”, said Mr. Mehrotra.    

dtac’s IT-systems performed very well

“dtac’s IT-systems performed very well this morning and was 100% available to customers. The average response time to customers was fast and delivery accuracy was according to our high standards. We appreciate all the support and appreciation shown by our customers today, said Mr. Prathet Tankuranun, Chief Technology Officer.”    

dtac boosts network around critical control zoning in fight against COVID-19

Jan 1, 2021 - dtac is boosting up its network in support of frontline workers to fight against the spread of COVID-19 in four key areas of Sumut Sakhon province. Hospitals are prioritized to provide efficient connectivity services.  Presently, Samut Sakhon province was declared a red zone, where the tightest COVID-19 control measures are in place. Around 2,800 people are detained as part of the control measures. Field hospitals is set up at the provincial stadium as a quarantine venue for migrant workers and treat COVID-19 patients with mild symptoms. Prathet Tankuranun, chief technology officer of Total Access Communication Plc or dtac, said, “Connectivity plays a critical role in this challenging time and dtac’s engineer team have rushed to aid the frontline in the fight against COVID-19. Mobile cell sites with Massive MIMO technology have been deployed around critical facilities, boosting network capacity up to three times. The move is expected to provide better connectivity for medical personnel and quarantined to allow them to connect with their loved ones in these challenging times.”  There are four key areas, where mobile cell sites have been installed: Field hospital I at Samui Sakhon’s provincial stadium. Field hospital II at Krok Krak temple.…

dtac reveals “Facebook” is the most popular app for 2021 New Year celebration

Peak data hour was from 20:00-21:00 Hrs. on New Year's Eve   January 1, 2021 – dtac revealed data usage during the New Year celebration welcoming the Year of the Golden Ox. The top province for data consumption is Bangkok. Network monitoring also finds Facebook remains the most popular app during the New Year holiday. Mr. Prathet Tankuranun, Chief Technology Officer, Total Access Communication PCL or dtac, said “The peak hour period was from 20:00-21:00 Hrs. on New Year's Eve or December 31, 2020. To support this festive season, dtac upgraded the network for increased high-speed internet use to satisfy the festive season’s greater need for connectivity and support social distancing. Furthermore, dtac has launched network services on 700 MHz, which is expected to expand the network's rural and indoor coverage for a superlative network experience" dtac’s usage data revealed: The top province for data consumption is Bangkok. The top data-consuming provinces by in each region are Chiang Mai in the North, Ubon Ratchathani in the Northeast, Ratchaburi in the West, Samut Prakan in Central Thailand (excluding Bangkok), and Songkhla in the South. The 5 most popular apps during the New Year holidays are 1. Facebook 2. YouTube 3. TikTok…

dtac turns on 700 MHz, expands high speed internet for all

December 24, 2020 – dtac Trinet received the license for its 700 MHz spectrum from NBTC and began rolling out high speed internet for all today. Due to 700 MHz low-band spectrum’s reach and penetration, the new license is expected to enable a superlative network experience. dtac has been preparing for this launch by expanding the network and will continue to do so in 2021. After receiving the low-band license on 24 December 2020, the spectrum will be turned on region by region, as it gets freed up for use to offer high speed internet communications for dtac customers. At launch (Dec 24): Starting in and around Bangkok, and select locations in the North, Northeast and South. By mid-January next year: approximately 2,000 cell sites will be in operation followed by expansion nationwide. Mr. Sharad Mehrotra, CEO of Total Access Communication PCL or dtac, said, “Our 700 MHz spectrum is critical to support Thai people’s new connectivity needs. Mobile data usage nearly doubled in 2020; and it grew even faster upcountry. Hence, we are currently expediting the deployment of 700 MHz cell sites to serve our customers nationwide.” The new 700 MHz sites provide a coverage layer that is especially…

dtac Pays 700 MHz Spectrum License Fee

December 21, 2020 – Today, dtac Trinet paid the first installment of its 17.584-billion-Baht license for the 700 MHz spectrum it got allocated by NBTC on June 19, 2019. dtac is now set to start deployment of its 700MHz network to expand coverage and capacity nationwide, as part of its strategy to bring high-speed internet to all customers. The spectrum will be turned on region wise, as it gets freed up for use, starting in and around Bangkok, and select locations in the North and South. Mr. Sharad Mehrotra, Chief Executive Officer, Total Access Communication PCL or dtac, said, “We are ready to expedite the deployment of our 700 MHz network, which will extend the coverage of our high-speed internet. Low frequencies are ideal for upcountry and in-building usage in dense urban areas, especially high-rise buildings. With dtac, customers can expect a network experience that never stops improving, as we now have access to a full range of spectrum—low-, mid- and high-band—to deliver high-speed internet using both 4G- and 5G-technologies. We appreciate NBTC’s efforts to grant operators the opportunity to avail the license at this time.” The 15-year license consists of two 10-MHz bands: 713-723 MHz and 768-778 MHz. dtac…

dtac Film Celebrates Power of 5G to Bring Us Together

December 9, 2020 – dtac launched “The First Touch,” a film to stress that humans remain at the core of 5G’s potential to improve lives. The film shows a use-case for a remotely operated robot, allowing a father to touch and feel his baby for the first time. Mr. How Lih Ren, Chief Marketing Officer at Total Access Communication PCL or dtac, said, “We are telling the 5G story under the concept that ‘nothing can keep humans apart.’ dtac 5G connects people to what matters most. The difference between 5G and 4G is not merely new smartphones, new apps, and streaming hi-def music or video. 5G opens up a new world with connectivity between devices and between devices and remote users – creating many new services the world has never seen before.” The film portrays a young couple who promise to be together when their child is born, but due to work and other circumstances trigged by the Covid-19 pandemic, they are in different countries for the birth. With the father unable to see his newborn, he employs 5G technology - with the help of a sensory robotic arm - to connect to his child with the senses of sight,…

dtac and ASEFA Launch Thailand’s First 5G Smart Energy Solutions

Smart power management solution runs on dtac’s mmWave 5G Remote management of energy is critical for smart cities   December 8, 2020 – dtac and ASEFA have pioneered Thailand’s first 5G smart energy management solution. Using mmWave 5G on 26 GHz, the new technology brings ultra-fast and ultra-reliable connectivity to main distribution boards (MDBs), the key to stable power supply in factories, warehouses and large buildings. Trials are already underway at the ASEFA headquarters ahead of production for industrial customers. Mr. Rajiv Bawa, Chief Business Officer, Total Access Communication PLC or dtac, said, “Stable and reliable power is a core foundation for Thailand 4.0 and smart cities. The solution dtac and ASEFA have developed together leverages dtac’s 5G mmWave spectrum on 26GHz to deliver ultra-reliable low-latency communications (URLLC) to main distribution boards. The speed and reliability of 5G ensures uninterrupted power and energy savings for businesses. It’s therefore a very important milestone in Thailand’s 5G journey.” The dtac-ASEFA 5G smart energy solution features 5G IoT to increase the capabilities of main distribution boards. Data is sent in real-time to an app on the smartphone of an authorized technician for efficient power management. This can effectively reduce downtime by providing complete…

dtac and WHA Group to Lead 5G Technology in Driving the Thai Industry Forward

November 27, 2020 – dtac, as the 5G technology partner with WHA Group, Thailand’s leader in fully-integrated logistics and industrial facilities solutions, are showcasing 5G Smart Water and Smart Energy Management Solutions at the “5G WHA Smart Ecosystem” exposition for the first time in Thailand and Southeast Asia. These 5G solutions support industrial businesses in the WHA industrial estate to drive growth through efficient management of infrastructure, energy and resources. dtac highlights the 5G Smart Water Management that enable remote and real-time monitoring of pH levels and chemical residues in wastewater. It also facilitates timely management of wastewater levels in the ponds to mitigate overflow in the industrial estate. This use case is already being tested in WHA Eastern Industrial Estate (Map Ta Phut) by dtac and WHA. On the other hand, the 5G Smart Energy Management empower a main distribution board (MDB) to real-time monitoring and control via live video streaming, contributing to increased safety and lowered costs. Mr. Rajiv Bawa (5th from left), Chief Business Officer, Total Access Communication PCL or dtac, Mr. Narit Duangkruaratichote (2nd from left), dtac Head of IoT and B2B Solutions, and together with executives from ASEFA and Energy IoT, welcomed Ms. Jareeporn Jarukornsakul…