Thailand’s AIS Fiber demonstrates the fastest broadband in Asia
When it comes to broadband connectivity, Singapore is often regarded as having the fastest connection in the region. But now this is about to change as Thailand’s AIS Fiber demonstrated the fastest broadband speed in Asia.
Together with Nokia, AIS Fiber announced the first trial of its 25G PON solution in Asia. AIS Fiber in Thailand trialed the technology using its existing optical line terminals (OLT), which have already been rolled out nationwide. The OLT was connected simultaneously to three end-user devices with a combined speed of 37.5 Gb/s using a 25G PON optical network terminal (ONT) at 25 Gb/s, an XGS-PON ONT at 10 Gb/s and a G PON ONT at 2.5 Gb/s. All services can be served with the same, single fiber at the same time.
As the first operator to offer 100% optical fiber broadband services in Thailand, the completion of the successful trial enables AIS Fiber to realize its ambition to build the most future-proofed fiber optic home Internet network in the country.
Expected to boost applications like virtual reality, holograms, and even the metaverse, AIS Fiber will be able to offer services with super higher speeds and low latency. Since AIS Fiber will be able to run GPON, XGS-PON, and 25G PON services on the same fiber line, it can offer customers full choice of speeds up to 25 Gb/s on the existing platform, without the need to dig up the street and lay new fiber.
25G PON also allows AIS Fiber to offer enterprises a 10G + and lower latency replacement to Point to Point – P2P connections which can be costly and are less scalable. The operator will also be able to use the technology for 5G backhaul, which will become increasingly important as it builds more cell sites required for higher frequency 5G.
According to Thanit Chaiyaboonthanit, the acting Managing Director of Fixed Broadband AIS, the company prioritizes innovation that will provide the best services to our customers, and gives us network technology that meets users’ future needs in terms of both speed and flexibility.
“This partnership with Nokia to trial 25G PON technology has yielded favorable results, inspiring us to believe that we can deploy it in the future,” said Chaiyaboonthanit.
For Ajay Sharma, Head of Thailand and Cambodia at Nokia, with enhanced speeds provided by 25G PON, fiber networks are evolving into being able to connect everything, everywhere. They play an important role in delivering any service to any endpoint including residences, businesses, and cell sites. We are proud to have been part of this important milestone.”
AIS Fiber is a high-speed broadband internet service provided by Advanced Info Service Plc, Thailand’s leading ‘Digital Life Service Provider’ and number one in terms of spectrum to provide service, totaling 1450 MHz, and the most telephone subscribers, with 45.5 million as of June 2022.
AIS Fiber, focused on innovation to provide the highest quality service and best user experience, started operations in 2015, shaking up the home internet market by being the first ISP in Thailand to offer broadband internet with 100% fiber optic technology. The network has now been expanded to 77 provinces nationwide with 1.97 million subscribers as of June 2022 and is the fastest-growing provider in the market.