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Thai telco committee endorses 3G auction result

19 октября 2012

The telecoms committee of Thailand's National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission Thursday endorsed the result of an auction to licence the 2.1 gigahertz spectrum, used to provide third-generation mobile telephone services.

Four of the committee's five members ratified the result of Tuesday's auction, NBTC commissioner Prasert Silphiphat told reporters. One member declined, Mr. Prasert said without elaborating.

The successful bidders now have three months to pay for the licenses, which will be issued within seven days of payment, Mr. Prasert said.

Bids for the 45 megahertz on offer amounted to 41.63 billion baht ($1.36 billion), just 2.8% higher than the minimum price. The low amount has given rise to criticism among market watchers.

A unit of Advanced Info Service PCL, Thailand's largest mobile phone operator by subscriber base, paid THB14.63 billion for 15 megahertz of bandwidth. A unit of Total Access Communication PCL, the second-largest mobile operator, and a unit of True Move PCL, the third-largest, each paid THB13.50 billion for 15 megahertz.

True Move is in turn a unit of True Corp. PCL.

Thailand is among the last of Southeast Asian countries to fully deploy advanced wireless technology. In recent months, nearby Singapore moved on to 4G Long Term Evolution services.

Источник: Total Telecom

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