dtac has been topping download speed tests and beating out competitors for a year now, as per numerous news reports relaying independent network performance companies’ measurements. Starting with Opensignal in its May 2019 report, dtac was also named fastest network by nPerf in July 2019, followed by an overall win across three out of five categories from Tutela in February 2020. This week, it was reported dtac once again clinched Thailand’s fastest download speeds in the Opensignal Mobile Network Experience for January-March 2020.
Referring to the report, it was quoted that devices recorded average 4G download speeds of 11.4 Mbps on dtac’s network. This underscores that dtac’s record rollout of high-band sites has dramatically improved the customer experience.
This year, ultra-high-speed massive MIMO technology at high-traffic locations nationwide and thousands of additional sites on the 2300MHz partnership spectrum are expected to provide all customers with even better coverage and triple dtac’s data capacity. This will improve the network experience for all customers, no matter which device they use.
dtac’s total number of high-capacity TDD sites is expected to amount to over 20,000 by yearend. Over the past three years, dtac increased its number of sites by over 60%. At the end of Q1/2020, a total of approximately 17,900 nodes of 4G-2300 MHz network were installed, approximately 500 more than at the end of 2019.
dtac recently acquired 200 MHz of spectrum on the 26 GHz band, which is designated for 5G services. In addition, dtac’s current 2G, 3G and 4G services operate on 700 MHz, 900 MHz, 1800 MHz, 2100 MHz and 2300 MHz in partnership with TOT. Around 80 MHz out of 130 MHz is allocated for download, aligned with the trend of customer’s data consumption – on average, most people will download more than they upload.