February 21, 2020 – Sharad Mehrotra, Chief Executive Officer, Total Access Communication Plc or dtac, today handed over a cheque of 974,128,001.07 baht to the NBTC for two licenses of 26GHz spectrum band acquired in the recent multi-band auction.
Sharad Mehrotra, CEO of dtac, said: “Our customers are already experiencing the highest download speeds in Thailand and with the addition of 26GHz mmWave spectrum to our portfolio of mid- and low band spectrum we will be able to deliver high-quality, high-speed data services also in the future.”
dtac recently committed to having 5G in selected locations in Q2, 2020, while significantly boosting its existing network to give all customers improved coverage and up to three-times-higher data capacity. The upgrade of the existing network will be done through a combination of deployment of high-speed massive MIMO technology and rollout of 3,400 additional 4G-TDD sites (in partnership with TOT).
About the 26GHz band:
The unique features of 26GHz mmWave band include ultra-high speeds and ultra-high capacity for a wide range of 5G service applications that require almost instantaneous delivery of large amounts of data, such as high-resolution virtual (or augmented) reality, high-speed internet for large crowds at concerts, and remote health services.
About massive MIMO technology:
Massive MIMO technology will boost the capacity of dtac’s 2300 MHz TDD network (in partnership with TOT) and enable top-quality, high-speed data services to its customers especially in high-rise buildings and densely populated areas like Bangkok, where it is most required. The deployment of dtac’s Massive MIMO technology will play an important role in the current evolution of mobile communication by easing the journey to 5G for all users.