4G coming to Laos... next month

Meanwhile, 3G in Thailand faces delays from continuing legal & business disputes.

A man walks around the That Luang Stupa in Vientiane, the capital of Laos. AFP PHOTO / Nicolas ASFOURI



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Laos to launch 4G

29/10/2012
Online Reporters

VIENTIANE - The Lao Telecommunications Company (LTC), the national telecom provider, is set to launch its 4th generation (4G) mobile service next month. 

The national telecom provider of Laos announced that it will introduce the 4G technology for use at the 9th Asia-Europe Meeting Summit, to be held in Vientiane on Nov 5 and 6, 2012. 

Laos will become second among the 10 Asean member countries after Singapore to use 4G.

Customers in provinces outside of the capital will get 4G at the end of this year or early next year.

The 4G network can offer download speeds of up to 100Mbps, making it five times faster than 3G. 

Summit guests will be able to make video calls through internet systems such as skype.

China-based Huawei Technology Company is installing 20 4G mobile stations in Vientiane.

Thailand has yet to launch a proper 3G service, more than a decade after it was first introduced in Japan, because of legal and business disputes. So far, Thai mobile operators have limited 3G using upgraded 2G technology.

The auction of 3G licences held by the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) kicked off earlier this month. However, the road to 3G might face more setbacks as investigations have been carried out to see whether the auction results or the NBTC violated any laws

From Pantip.com

(Source: Bangkok Post, Breakingnews, Laos to launch 4G, 29/10/2012, Online Reporters, link

 
Mobile Phone Industry Vocabulary

4G - "a 4G system provides mobile ultra-broadband Internet access, for example to laptops with USB wireless modems, to smartphones, and to other mobile devices. Conceivable applications include amended mobile web access, IP telephony, gaming services, high-definition mobile TV, video conferencing and 3D television" (See Wikipedia)

generation - 1. the technology at a point in time; 2. a group of people in society who are born and live around the same time รุ่น (คนรุ่นต่างๆ)
4th generation (4G) mobile service

launch - to start selling a new product or service to the public เริ่มต้น เริ่มโครงการ
launch 4G

Laos to
launch 4G
set to launch its 4th generation (4G) mobile service next month. 

network - 1. antennas and electronics connecting together mobile phone system; 2.  large system of connected parts, organisations, people, etc. เครือข่าย
4G network

3G - the mobile phone standard coming after the current 2G used in Thailand, allows quicker internet access, video calls and mobile TV (See Wikipedia)
3G service

proper - actual or real จริง (พระราชพิธีพระราชทานเพลิงพระศพจริง)
a proper 3G service - a real full 3G service
has yet to launch a proper 3G service

upgrade - moving to new improved service or equipment
3G using upgraded 2G technology

2G - the current GSM-based mobile phone service used in most of Thailand (See Wikipedia)

telecom - telecommunications, dealing with telephones การโทรคมนาคม หมายถึง การสื่อสารทางไกลโดยใช้โทรศัพท์ เคเบิล โทรทัศน์ วิทยุและโทรเลข
provider - a company that sells and provides some service such as internet connections of mobile phone service
national
telecom provider

the Lao Telecommunications Company (LTC), the national telecom provider

summit
- an important high-level meeting between the leaders of different countries
the 9th Asia-Europe Meeting Summit, to be held in Vientiane on Nov 5 and 6, 2012

decade - a period of ten years ทศวรรษ, ระยะเวลา 10 ปี
more than a decade after it was first introduced in Japan

disputes
- fights, arguments, disagreements
legal and business disputes


mobile operators - companies that offer mobile phone service (for example: AIS, DTAC, Orange)

auction - selling things by competitive bids, selling to the person who offers that best price (See Wikipedia) การขายโดยการประมูล, การขายทอดตลาด 
auction of 3G licences

kick off - start
kicked off earlier this month

setbacks
- problems, things that happen that delay achieving your goal
investigations - trying to find out what happened in some situation (example: murder investigation to find the murderer)

carried out - did something

results - what is produced in the end by an activity or task
auction results - what happened in an auction (how much was sold and for how much)

3G might face more setbacks as investigations have been carried out to see whether either the auction results or the NBTC violated any laws

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