Fully-functional 5G requires a comprehensive plan to install additional equipment in order to provide high-quality coverage and services nationwide. The way to ensure the execution of this process is for telecom and technological companies to create strategic partnerships to help build the adaptive networks with optimal efficiency.
Thailand has chosen a Chinese mobile equipment supplier to build its 5G network. True Corporation Thailand, the internet service providers company, has selected China’s ZTE, a leading mobile equipment supplier, to build its 5G network in the country by deploying ZTE’s 5G RAN products and services, according to True.
The deal also includes that True, which has 30 percent market share in the mobile market in Thailand, and ZTE will approve the leading 5G technologies, such as downlink 16-stream MU-MIMO and 4/5G carrier dynamic sharing.
Moreover, the Chinese technology company will provide True with 5G base stations, single- and multi-frequency 5G QCell indoor solutions in order to build a full-scenario and high-performance tri-band 5G network on 700MHz, 2.6GHz and 26GHz.
In addition, True can quickly improve the wireless system capacity and the user experience by ZTE’s 5G products and technologies, thus supporting True in building a leading 5G network in Southeast Asia in 2020.
The duo have agreed on several rounds of laboratory and field-testing of 5G products since last year. The tests comprised 3.5GHz 64-channel Massive MIMO, 2.6GHz 64-channel Massive MIMO and the leading 5G technologies such as downlink 16-stream MU-MIMO and 4/5G carrier dynamic sharing.
Separately, Thailand’s telecom regulator selected Ericsson, in April, as a 5G Radio Access Network (RAN) retailer, to be part of its national 5G network. True can activate 5G on 700MHz, 2.6GHz and 26GHz frequencies in the North, Central-West, and Upper South regions of Thailand, with the help of Ericsson’s advanced products and services.