The development of Thailand's telecom industry has attracted considerable attention due to telecom market reforms. The mobile user penetration in Thailand has exceeded 120% and competition is becoming unprecedentedly fierce in the market. Currently, Thailand's most common mobile data charge model is a monthly package with unlimited access, with data of usage (DOU) of subscribers exceeding 1 GB. With increased requirements for mobile networks in heavy traffic scenarios, operators are eager to improve user experience using optimized LTE networks and maintain their competitive edge in the market.
As the first 4G service provider in Thailand, True is committed to providing superior mobile network services. With a focus on technology leadership, True introduced Huawei's innovative 4T4R solution to maintain its LTE advantages through differentiated competition. As an important element of 4.5G, the 4T4R solution effectively improves spectrum efficiency, which doubles network capacity, as well as enhances cell-edge signals, which extends network coverage.
Currently, True's deployment of 4T4R networks is in full swing. Over 6,300 4T4R sites have been deployed (June 2016). The statistics from True's live networks show that the deployed 4T4R solution has significantly improved network coverage, signal quality, and total cell throughput. Compared to traditional 2T2R networks, the downlink throughput of 4T4R at cell edge with commercial devices has increased by over 38%, while the uplink throughput increased by 50%. The 4T4R networks help True to seize new business opportunities to address these challenges.
Steven Christopher Hopcraft, Executive Advisor at True Corporation, highlighted: “Spectrum is extremely precious resource for all operators. Any technology which improves the spectrum efficiency attracts operators. 4T4R solution improves the spectrum efficiency, and that’s the reason why True chose 4T4R. Along with the mature ecosystem, we think that the deployment of 4T4R is a wise choice.”
Bob Cai, President of Huawei FDD LTE Product Line, emphasized: “True is one of Huawei's most important strategic partners. The large-scale deployment of the 4T4R solution has improved True's spectrum efficiency, doubled network capacity, and optimized user experience. Huawei will continue to provide competitive 4.5G solutions and help customers achieve greater business success, based on their demands."
The Huawei SingleRAN 4T4R solution has been extensively deployed all over the world. By the first quarter of 2016, this solution has been deployed by 35 operators in 25 countries to help global operators build competitive 4.5G networks.