dtac users in Thailand to enjoy improved data services

dtac users in Thailand to enjoy improved data services 
STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN -- (Marketwire) -- 02/28/13 --  
* Contract signed with dtac Network for 3G network rollout to
meet growing data-traffic demand 
* Users to enjoy improved smartphone performance, faster web
browsing and downloads, and better network performance in dense areas 
* Improved network capacity for dtac Network, delivering enhanced
WCDMA/HSPA services and preparing for LTE 
With a population of 67 million, Thailand has a mobile uptake rate of
more than
120 percent and one of the world's youngest internet users
on average: almost
half of these are between age 15 and 24 and
three-quarters are under 35. Broadband is booming and the country's
annual growth rate in data traffic has
been around 30 percent in
recent years. To meet the needs of this avid and data-hungry
generation of users, dtac Network, a subsidiary of Thailand's
second-largest mobile operator dtac, has signed a contract with
Ericsson (NASDAQ: ERIC) for 3G network rollout and managed services. 
The contract reinforces the ongoing partnership between the two,
which began in 2011 when dtac selected Ericsson to transform its GSM
network to WCDMA/HSPA. The 3G rollout has already started, and once
completed consumers can expect a superior user experience when
browsing the internet on their smartphones or downloading movies at
much faster speeds. By deploying its WCDMA/HSPA network,
dtac Network
will ensure improved network capacity and enhanced performance
Bangkok and the central and eastern regions.. The operator will
also have a cost-effective network ready for continued data-traffic
growth, offering enhanced mobile broadband services based on
WCDMA/HSPA, while preparing for LTE. 
Jon Eddy Abdullah, CEO of dtac, says: "We are pleased to roll out 3G
and we're convinced it will lead to many advantages not only
for our users, who
will enjoy better and faster access to information
through our high-speed network, but will also foster entrepreneurship
and active development among mobile operators, vendors, application
developers and content producers. It will
also contribute to national
economic and social development because our 3G network will reach
people in all regions of the country." 
Joacim Damgard, President of Ericsson Thailand says: "This contract
is important, not only for Ericsson because we are expanding our
footprint in the
country, but also in terms of realizing the
Networked Society. Through this network rollout, we are enabling Thai
citizens to access 3G services that can
enrich their everyday lives." 
By deploying the latest core and radio access technology from
Ericsson, dtac
will be ready to offer mobile broadband services based
on HSPA and LTE technologies. The contract includes Ericsson's RBS
6000 multi-standard radio
base stations, MSC Server Blade Cluster and
User Data Management, as well as
Evolved Packet Core and circuit core
During Mobile World Congress 2013 in Barcelona, Ericsson showcases
its combined
technology and services leadership for the ICT industry.
Our solutions deliver
superior network performance in the field,
enable complete customer experience
management, and simplify and
automate operations workflows - thereby leading to operational
excellence. We show how the Networked Society comes to life - what
will mean for the industry and how it will enable our customers to
growth opportunities. 
About dtac Network 
A wholly owned subsidiary of Total Access Communication Public
Company Limited
(dtac), dtac Network received the spectrum license for
International Mobile Telecommunications in the 2.1GHz frequency band
in December 2012. 
With about 24 million customers, dtac is the second-largest mobile
operator in
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