Ericsson signs deal with AIS to expand GSM/EDGE network in Thailand

Press release
Nov 15, 2006 05:12 (GMT +00:00)
Ericsson (NASDAQ:ERIC) has been chosen by AIS to expand its existing GSM/EDGE network in Bangkok in a contract worth USD 110 million. The expansion will allow AIS to increase both its network coverage and capacity.
Under the agreement, Ericsson will have turnkey responsibility for building the network, providing network design, deployment and integration services, including core and radio network. Ericsson will also provide its spare part management service, lowering AIS's operational costs.

With increased network capacity and coverage, AIS's subscribers will enjoy superior quality and performance.

Wichien Mektrakarn, President of AIS, says: "The selection of Ericsson reinforces the existing close partnership between the two companies and ensures that we have a world-leading provider of proven mobile technology."

Hans Karlsson, President and Country Manager of Ericsson Thailand, says: "Ericsson is very honored and proud to be chosen by AIS once again. We are pleased to continue our successful cooperation with AIS by providing world-class technology and telecom services to meet subscribers' requirements. We look forward to further collaborative projects with AIS as it brings further advanced mobile services to its customers."
Ericsson is shaping the future of Mobile and Broadband Internet communications through its continuous technology leadership. Providing innovative solutions in more than 140 countries, Ericsson is helping to create the most powerful communication companies in the world.

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About AIS Thailand
Advanced Info Service Public Company Limited (AIS), a subsidiary of Shin Corporation PCL, is the established leader in Thailand's wireless communications industry after more than 15 years of services with its subscribers based more than 16 millions and market share more than 50%.  To date, AIS service network covers 795 districts (amphur) throughout Thailand, plus international roaming across in six continents.  Additionally, indoor coverage has been greatly expanded in both Bangkok and the provinces.  AIS has continuously enhanced and expanded its network in order to respond to the market and technological advances, whilst keeping abreast of consumers' growing demands and needs.  It continues to integrate the latest in advanced technology and deliver more than just voice communication, with GPRS and EDGE technology.