Thai court to hear petition against 3G licence auction
A Thai court said it would hear a petition that says the country's coming auction
of third generation mobile phone licenses is unconstitutional and not in the
Telecommunications activist Anupap Tiralap said Wednesday he is requesting an
injunction against the auction proceedings until the country's telecom regulator
takes measures to ensure fair competition and quality cellular services for
Analysts say the court probably won't accept the case at Thursday's hearing as
Mr. Anupap isn't a directly affected counter-party. "We believe that Mr.
Anupap's petition is just noise and the auction will go ahead as planned on
Oct. 16," said Prasit Sujiravorakul, a telecom analyst at Bualuang
In 2010, a
Thai court issued an injunction against the planned auction of 3G mobile licenses
to private operators after state-owned firms filed petitions challenging the
authority of the then regulator to allocate licenses.
Thailand's three largest mobile phone operators, Advanced Info Service PCL,
Total Access Communication PCL, and True Move, a unit of True Corp PCL, plan to
take part in the coming auction via their wholly owned subsidiaries.
The auction is an important step toward the liberalization of the Thai
telecommunications industry, and will give the winners direct access to 3G frequencies
for the first time, eliminating the need to pay high concession fees to state
firms to use their networks.
Thailand's private mobile phone operators currently operate their businesses
under concessions granted by TOT PCL, formerly the Telephone Organization of
Thailand, and CAT Telecom PCL, formerly Communications Authority of Thailand,
and are required to share top-line revenues with the state-owned firms.
Источник: Total Telecom
Заметили неточность или опечатку в тексте? Выделите её мышкой и нажмите: Ctrl + Enter. Спасибо!