Three Private Networks Qualify for Thai 3G License Auction
Published on: 9th Oct 2012
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By: Ian Mansfield
Thailand's three largest private mobile networks have all qualified in pre bidding tests for the country's long delayed 3G license.
The three are AIS, DTAC and True Corp.
However, no new foreign companies will be participating in the auction, the telecoms regulator, the NBTC has confirmed. Disqualified applicants have three days to appeal.
Subject to no more last minute delays, the auction is now due to take place on the 16th October.
The reserve price per 5-MHz block of radio spectrum remains unchanged at 4.5 billion baht (USD130 million). A total of nine blocks are up for sale.
Fitch Ratings recently noted that the issuance of 3G licences could prove a positive step in regulatory and policy frameworks, as private telecom operators move away from concession schemes which have been prone to regulatory, policy and legal uncertainties. These include the pending reviews of concession amendments, tighter restriction on foreign-ownership laws and concession expiration.