Small Cells have taken on a more significant in wireless infrastructure technology. Alcatel-Lucent will be working with Advanced Indo Service (AIS) to deploy 3,000 small cells by the end of 2015. This deployment will noticeably improve cell service throughout the country.
It isn’t surprising that Alcatel-Lucent is working with AIS since they are Thailand’s largest mobile telephone operator cover 97% of the population. However, they will now become the first operator to install small cells. These units will help address areas that macro-sites might struggle to reach. Installing small cells also allow this area to be covered more quickly.
Alcatel-Lucent will be providing their 9764 Metro Cells Outdoor unit along with the 5620 Service Aware Manager. The 9764 MCO is an all-in-one Metro Cell Outdoor W-CDMA. Beginning in September 2014, Alcatel-Lucent has already deployed 500 small cells throughout the country.
According to President of Southeast Asia West at ALU, Sebastian Laurent, “Alcatel-Lucent is very proud to partner with AIS as the requirements are very diverse and innovative. To enable various business models, AIS uses Alcatel-Lucent’s entire LightRadio portfolio ranging from home cells, enterprise cells as well as outdoor cells.”
A major reason that Thailand is addressing their connectivity issues is because of tourism. There were 2.7 million visitors during January 2015 which was a 16% increase from the year before. Many of the major cities will be enabled with this technology such as Bangkok, Nonthaburi, and Nakhon Ratchasima.
Ultimately, this is addressing an increasing demand of mobile data throughout the country. This is a landmark event in wireless connectivity in Thailand with their first small cell deployment.