Nokia expands GSM network for AIS in Thailand

(PresseBox) ( Espoo, Finland, )
Nokia and Advanced Info Service Plc (AIS), one of Thailand's leading mobile phone service operators, have signed a deal worth USD 19 million to expand AIS' GSM network in the Northern, Central and Southern regions of Thailand. The expansion will improve network coverage and capacity and ensure that AIS can maintain a top-quality GSM network in the fiercely competitive Thailand market.

Under the agreement, Nokia is supplying a GSM radio network, including base stations and base station controllers; a core network, including the Nokia Mobile Switching Centre (MSC), the Nokia Intelligent Content Delivery (ICD), the Nokia Online Service Controller (OSC), and the Nokia Terminal Management Server (NTMS). The GSM expansion covers Northern, Central and Southern Thailand. The Nokia ICD and NTMS will be supplied nationwide.

Nokia will provide services including project management, telecom implementation and planning for the GSM expansion. Nokia's systems integration will play an important role in integrating the Nokia ICD and NTMS solutions to AIS' charging system. The system continues to be supported by the unique multitechnology Nokia NetAct(TM) network and service management system.

"The end-to-end GSM solutions from Nokia will enable us to maintain high quality network coverage and services despite the heavy usage and growth in the network," says Ms. Arpattra Sringkarrinkul, Executive Vice President, Solutions, AIS. "We value our customers and are continuously working towards a better customer experience. Nokia's solutions not only improve the quality of our voice service, but also help us make our non-voice services more flexible and user-friendly."

"Nokia is proud to be part of the AIS success story in Thailand. Even with the tough competition in the Thai market, AIS continues to grow their subscriber base and improve their network quality," says Somchai Thamsirisup, Account Director, Networks, Nokia.

Nokia has been working with AIS since the early 1990s, providing comprehensive services for the operator's GSM infrastructure.

The Nokia ICD solution enables AIS to provide data services to both prepaid and post-paid customers and charge for them differentially. The NTMS enables AIS customers to send and update mobile settings over-the-air.

About AIS
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.

AIS strongly believe that wireless communications bring changes to the way Thai people live their life, regardless of who they are and what they do. With endless communications possibilities, the quality of life is better. Visit our web site at www.ais.co.th
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