Ericsson has been selected by Advanced Info Service Public Company Limited (AIS), as sole supplier of an end-to-end GPRS network and expansion of the Thai mobile operator's nation-wide GSM network. The orders are valued at USD 155 million.

Ericsson will provide equipment and services for a complete GPRS network including the latest GPRS equipment, GPRS Management System, IP Security, GPRS Charging equipment, Network Monitoring Tools and training. AIS will use Ericsson GPRS system to provide nation-wide data service.

In addition, Ericsson will expand AIS's GSM network, including in-building coverage and supplying Ericsson's Performance Enhancement service covering Bangkok Metropolitan and central north region. Deliveries have already commenced and are expected to be concluded in first quarter of 2003.

"AIS has huge demands from its customers and is committed to provide them with the highest level of services. We have chosen the good support and proven reliability of Ericsson's technology and service, which ensures we can give the best service to our customers," said Mr. Vikrom Sriprataks, AIS's Network Chief.

AIS is the largest mobile phone operator in Thailand. With 8 million subscribers of the total 13 million subscribers, it has captured 60% market share. AIS is now adding more than 500,000 new registered subscriptions per month.

"These new orders are a continuation of the successful and long-term relationship we have had with AIS since 1992. AIS' continuing confidence in Ericsson's leading technology and our unparalleled position in deploying GSM and GPRS networks is very gratifying," says Lars Bjorkenor, President, Ericsson (Thailand) Ltd.