True chasing home users ahead of 3G

True Corporation, a leading fixed-line broadband provider, will invest 10 billion baht to expand its network and enlarge the customer base before the arrival of 3G wireless broadband.

The firm aims to attract 330,000 of the country's 800,000 new broadband customers estimated this year, said Chaoren Limkangwanmongkol, managing director for online business.

Last year, it attracted 250,000 new customers.

Non Ingkutanon, True's general manager for broadband, said half of the investment this year would be used to install equipment for its DOCSIS 3.0 cable internet service to cover 4 million homepasses in 61 provinces, up from 40 provinces last year.

Part of the budget will go to upgrading the ADSL high-speed internet service on the copper-wire telephone network to the very-high-speed digital subscriber line 2 (VDSL2) technology, which enables speeds up to 24 megabits per second (Mbps) on copper wire from 16 Mbps at present.

VDSL2 enables it to increase the speed gap with wireless and will only be used in areas where cable internet is not available, Mr Non said.

Of the company's 1.6 million customers in total, 1 million use ADSL. It aims to migrate 50% of its ADSL users to VDSL2 or DOCSIS.

By using cable lines, it can scale speeds up to 200 Mbps and will reach 1,000 Mbps in the middle of this year.

True aims to increase its broadband revenue by 20% this year from 12 billion baht last year.

TRUE shares closed unchanged yesterday on the SET at 6.70 baht in trade worth 140.65 million baht.

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