The deal was signed with Advanced Info Service Public Company Limited (AIS), a subsidiary of Shin Corporation PCL., following a 2004 deal where AIS awarded Nokia a GSM Network expansion contract worth USD 22.0 Million.
The contract follows better than forecasted growth to 16 million subscribers by the year’s end. ”Subscriber forecast is now revised up by almost 35% from the beginning of year forecast. AIS is now in a strong position to support the projected subscriber growth and expected increase in uptake of new mobile data services”. says Ms.Yingluck Shinawatra, President, AIS.
Nokia has been working with AIS since the early 1990s, providing services for the operator’s GSM and EDGE infrastructure. In addition to network infrastructure Nokia will provide the Nokia NetAct(TM) network and service management system, network planning, installation, and project management for network ramp-up, as well as radio network optimization services for enhancing network quality. A wide range of care services, including software maintenance, will help maintain the competitiveness of the network.
Work on the expansion has already begun and is believed to be finished by the end of 2004.