Fourteen companies have requested application forms to
bid for third generation mobile licenses at next month's auction, though the
number of foreign entities involved remains unclear, the National
Telecommunications Commission said.
Thai-listed companies Advanced Info Service PCL, Total
Access Communication PCL, True Corp. PCL, Loxley PCL, Samart I-Mobile PCL and
Jasmine International PCL are among those seeking to bid, commissioner Natee
Sukonrat told reporters.
"We don't know yet how many foreigners will join in the auction as they
must bid through Thai entities," he said.
Interested bidders can collect the applications from
the telecom regulator until Aug. 29 and they are required to submit their bids
by Aug. 30.
Those who pass the pre-qualification process will be announced on Sept. 15, he
The auction for the three 15-year licenses has been set for Sept. 20-28, he
said, adding that the period can be extended if necessary.
The starting price for the auction has been set at THB12.8 billion.
Natee said the winning bidders--if not already a public company--must seek a
listing on the Stock Exchange of Thailand within three years after starting
their 3G operations although they will be eligible to extend that period twice,
for one year each.