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Thailand's AIS hones edge in 5G as wireless rivals plan megamerger

Top carrier seeks more market share with broadband deals and expanded coverage

AIS CEO Somchai Lertsutiwong ahead of a 900MHz spectrum auction.

BANGKOK -- Advanced Info Service, Thailand's top wireless carrier, is pouring money into high-speed 5G service and broadband deals as a planned merger between its two biggest competitors puts its lead at risk.

The deal between True Corp. and Total Access Communication (DTAC), the No. 2 and No. 3 carriers by subscribers, has caught the interest of AIS customers who are considering jumping ship if the merger leads to better prices.

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