Thai telco committee endorses 3G auction result
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
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
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
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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