“CAT Network Valuation Consulting Project”
CPIT Co., Ltd. and Sofrecom (Thailand) Co., Ltd., one of the world leaders in telecommunication consulting, led by Mr. Clement Pelletier, Managing Director of CPIT Company with executive team and CAT executive team, led by Khun Kajornsak Singhaseni, Senior Executive Vice President – Legal and Business Partner, have held a ceremony to celebrate the signature of a contract for a major consulting project.
CPIT has been trusted by CAT to provide consulting services to proceed to the network assessment and valuation of the assets that True Move Co., Ltd. and Digital Phone Co., Ltd. have transferred to CAT in accordance with the concession agreements of Digital PCN 1800 as well as to propose the most beneficial solutions for asset management to CAT.
In 2012, Asia-Pacific region has reached a capital expenditure in the mobile sector similar to Europe and North America according to a report from ABI Research.
In this reports, Jake Saunders, vice president of forecasting at ABI Research, said 62 percent of the mobile capital expenditure will be invested in radio access network (RAN) deployment while EPC (Evolved Packet Core) and gateway upgrades to the core network will make up 9 percent of spending. Another key
area which operators are looking at is improving in-building wireless coverage into dense urban centers at 5.7 percent of mobile capital spending.
One of the most striking illustration of the gap that was bridged in the region is the investment in 4G networks. 63% of Asia’s carriers have LTE rolled out, are conducting trials, or have announced plans. Out of 110 networks, 10 operators (9%) have commercial 4G LTE (Long Term Evolution) networks up and running. Another 58 (53%) either have specific plans to roll out LTE or are conducting trials.
As an example, the research company highlighted several countries for which spending on LTE technology is following this trend:
In China, despite the absence of 4G licenses, China Mobile has already started investing in 4G facilities. The 655 million subscriber operator plans to ramp up its TD-LTE base station count to over 20,000 TD-LTE base stations by December and 200,000 by 2013.
The report noted that investment in telecom equipment in India also extends to 2G and 3G cell sites as the operator Idea Cellular has continued to roll out 2,270 2G cell sites and 1,176 3G cell sites in 2011.
In Southeast Asia, commercial networks were already up and running in Malaysia where WiMax is preferred over LTE, Singapore and the Philippines, it said.
In this context, Japan’s biggest carrier NTT Docomo announced it reached 2 million subscribers on its LTE service Xi, with a growth rate quadrupled between the first and second million. This demonstrates that there is a real demand from consumers for such a service and justifies the important investments observed by ABI Research.
We are proud to announce that Real Move, a subsidiary of True Corporation, has once more rewarded our expertise and reliability by selecting us as a third party consultant. As such, CPIT is responsible for the methodology, design and implementation of the whole Provisioning platform acceptance for True Move H new 3G network.
This platform, provided by Comptel, is critical for the operations and development of the network as it is the central node of the operators’ system through which the multiple elements of the network are prepared and configured in order to provide the services users subscribed to.
In the 3G market, it is becoming crucial for Mobile operators to manage efficiently their VAS and Content Services portfolio. Operators have to offer attractive services to monetize their 3G networks.
CPIT platform allows Operators to work hand in hand with their Content Providers and therefore easily deliver value Content Services to customers. With an immediate impact on ARPU the platform’s ROI is guaranteed within a few months.
From convergent offer definition to service management and customer follow-up, Allyo platform by CPIT perfectly suits any need and smoothly adapt to operator’s requirements.
The overall ergonomy and the technical framework relying on the latest market standards (full graphic interface, Java, RDBMS, n-tier architecture) ensure an easy implementation and a complete operational performance for the end-users.
The last week of January has seen much activity in Thailand around 3G and its deployment.
True Move, the country’s third-largest mobile phone operator, and state-owned CAT Telecom signed a deal on Thursday morning to handover Hutch-CAT JV CDMA network (by Real Move) and to upgrade it into a 3G HSPA network (by Real Future).
Under that deal, True Move will install HSPA equipments in 1,400 base stations in 25 provinces and then allow CAT Telecom to lease the network.
The dates for the 3G licenses auctions on 2.1GHz band being still unkown, this deal will help both operators to be a step ahead their competitors in the upcoming race for 3G deployment.
Meanwhile, the auction for a 17-billion Bahts (600 million USD) nationwide expansion of TOT 3G network has been the scene of a legal battle. 2 bidders, ZTE – a consortium of ZTE and Forth Corporation – and the Ericsson-A.S. Associate Engineering consortium were ruled out during the screening process. They appealed against TOT’s decision but Thursday 27th evening, on the E-auction eve, the Administrative Court rejected the case.
Finally, on Friday 28th, the SL Consortium of Loxley, Samart, Nokia Siemens Networks, and Huawei Technologies won the E-auction with a final price of approximately 16 billion Bahts. SL Consortium outbid the AU Consortium which consists of Advanced Information Technology, Alcatel-Lucent (Thailand) and United Communication Industry.
TOT plans to launch the 3G network through its MVNOs in major Thai provinces in April.
The fifth series of India Telecom conference was held in New Delhi last December. This was the opportunity to have a closer look at this enormous emerging market for Telecoms.
The Indian telecom and specifically the mobile market has been one of the biggest growth stories of the last decade. Such has been its meteoric growth that the mobile share of telecom revenue increased from a meager 34% in 2004 to more than 76% of overall revenues in 2009.Telecommunications network grew by over 40 per cent during 2010 with addition of 216.13 million connections. With 700 million connections, Indian Telecom Network is now the largest wireless network in the world.
However, the theme of India Telecom 2010 was ‘Broadband for All’ for a good reason: There is a dire need of stable policies as the broadband draws long term investment. So far, Broadband penetration in India is not even reaching 1%, one of the lowest in the worldIn addition to these problems, the spectrum bids for both 2G and 3G have been tainted by dysfunctions and delays, generating many losses and discouraging many investors.
Indian Telecom offers without question an amazing potential growth for the investors and is likely to participate actively in the profound changes of Indian society, but it also comes with uncertainties which represent a risk for the investors this country is looking for.
The end of 2010 has been marked by several strategic moves by Thai operators meant to let them provide 3G services nationwide even before the disputes over the 3G license auctions are settled.
True Move was already providing 3G in test areas, mostly in central Bangkok, on the 850MHz band thanks to an agreement with the state-owned operator CAT who owns the licenses for this band. They managed to extend these test areas to other touristic hotspots such as Hua Hin, however this could hardly have been qualified as a nationwide coverage.
By announcing officially on the 30th of December that they finalized a deal with Hutchinson, True showed clearly they did not intend to wait for the 2.1GHz band license for extending their network.
True, in a statement to the Stock Exchange of Thailand, said its subsidiary Real Move would purchase a 92.5 per cent stake in Hutchison Wireless Multimedia for 4.35 billion baht. Real Move will also acquire holding company BKFT (Thailand), giving True control of three other firms – Hutchison Multimedia Services (Thailand), Hutchison Telecommunications (Thailand) and Hutchison CAT Wireless Multimedia, a joint venture with CAT Telecom, provides mobile phone services to some 600,000 subscribers in 25 provinces using CDMA technology.
This purchase will allow True to provide access to Hutchinson-CAT 3G network to its customer, taking the lead in the race to rollout of 3G services in Thailand.
One of True main competitors petitioned the government to intervene in what it described as unfair treatment by CAT and was allowed to construct 1220 more cell sites to extend the 3G trials on 850MHz they were conducting with a mere 36 cells. CAT has also said that next month it will propose to the panel granting telecoms concessions that DTAC be allowed to offer 3G services commercially.
In this race to 3G the loser seems to be the third major operator, AIS (Advanced Info Service) who did not find a way yet to provide 3G services to its customer until the long expected 2.1GHz license auctions now planned for some time in 2011.