By The Nation
The partnership consolidates the expertise of the parties towards optimising current and future telecommunications infrastructure sharing, where edotco will be focused on the development and enhancement of passive infrastructure in helping the country gear up for a successful 5G roll-out.
“Building the right infrastructure is an essential part of laying a strong framework for the deployment of next generation mobile networks,” CAT Telecom president Colonel Sanpachai Huvanandana said. “This consideration has guided our decision to partner with Alt Telecom and edotco Group – top players in this segment that bring strong local and regional expertise. Together, we will be better positioned to benefit Thailand’s 5G network cost effectiveness and facilitate innovative services for the country.”
CAT Telecom is one of the four operators participating in the upcoming 5G spectrum auctions conducted by the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) on February 16. The telecom regulator expects the auctions to make the country’s telecom infrastructure ready for a technology change required to support the “Thailand 4.0” Initiative.
“We are encouraged by NBTC’s move to auction 5G spectrum licences,” Alt Telecom president and executive director Preeyaporn Tangpaosak said. “The dawn of 5G is upon us and we look forward to the prospect of its vast potential in the coming years. Enabling this is infrastructure-sharing as it has been proven to help mobile network operators focus on their core business and service offerings by alleviating the cost pressures of building and maintaining the sites,” Preeyaporn added.
“As a regional infrastructure player, edotco is committed to partnering with nations, continuously supporting them on their path to realising their digital ambitions,” edotco CEO Suresh Sidhu said. “We have partnered with governments, regulators and operators in countries across the region and have accumulated a wealth of best practices that we hope to implement here. Thailand is well-poised to roll out next-generation networks and we are confident in this partnership’s ability to propel Thailand’s telecommunications industry.”