Thailand Plans 3G License Auction in 2012

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Thailand's telecoms regulator the NBTC aims to finally auction off the long delayed 3G licenses next year. An attempt to sell off the licenses last September was blocked by a last minute court order.

The regulator has been working on a spectrum-management master plan which should be published next year and will lead to the 3G auction.

Although some of the network already provide 3G services, it is only by refarming their existing 2G radio spectrum.

NBTC member Sutipol Thaweechaikarn told The Nation newspaper that a committee will also study the possible impact of the approaching ends of the telecom concessions, the contracts under which private operators provide cellular service.

The current concessions of TrueMove and Digital Phone expire in 2013, of AIS in 2015 and DTAC in 2018.

On the web: The Nation

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