True, CAT sign 3G deal


Bangkok Post | January 27, 2011

True Move, the country’s third-largest mobile phone operator, and state-owned CAT Telecom on Thursday morning signed a deal to develop a Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) network into a High-Speed Packet Access (HSPA) network.

Reports said both firms wanted to provide 3G (third-generation) mobile services quickly by turning 3,000 CDMA base stations nationwide to HSPA base stations by the end of this year.

Under the deal, True Move will install HSPA equipment in 1,400 CDMA base stations in 25 provinces and then allow CAT Telecom to buy or lease the network.

CAT Telecom will lease HSPA equipment from True Move and it will be installed at 1,600 CDMA base stations in 51 provinces. The network will be open for rent or purchase to cell phone operators or mobile virtual network operators.


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