Thailand’s AIS launches 5G services in 2600MHz band

TeleGeography CommsUpdate: Thai mobile operator AIS has launched a 5G service using frequencies in the 2600MHz band, after receiving its 2600MHz spectrum licence on 21 February 2020. AIS chief consumer business officer Pratthana Leelapanang said that 4G subscribers using smartphones compatible with the band can immediately benefit from the 5G service, which offers a 400% improvement in download speed. 

AIS chief Somchai Lertsutiwong revealed that ‘thousands’ of AIS cell sites are currently compatible with the frequency band, though he highlighted that full 5G adoption requires collaboration from all related parties for ecosystem development: ‘Real optimum benefits from 5G can be expected within one or two years. AIS invites vertical industries to collaborate to shape up the ecosystem and use cases.’

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