04 September 2014
| Kavit Majithia
Mobile operator Advanced Info Service (AIS) is reportedly set to boost its number of small cell sites to 3,000 facilities across Thailand.
The company is making the
investment in a bid to serve high-density urban areas and to
offload traffic from its core network, as AIS looks to meet
growing customer demand and ease congestion considering the
increasing amount of spectrum and bandwidth on network
Small cell technology allows operators to roll out networks at
a faster rate than traditional base stations, while also
reducing operational and implementation costs.
AIS said its small cell sites are designed to provide radio
footprint with a 300-500m range, supporting downlink peak data
rates of 42Mbps.
"Our targeted areas for the small cell network will be tourist
destinations and community shopping malls," said Kittisak
Ngarmchatetanarom, VP for central region operations at
The company has already obtained permission from 8,000
communities to build the new towers.
AIS has built 15,200 base stations for 2G service, plus 19,300
3G base stations operating on 2100MHz, covering 95% of the
Earlier this year, AIS boosted its investment in 3G
infrastructure to $2.7 billion.
Advanced Info Service,