Thai Court Rejects Bid to Block 3G Licenses
Published on: 3rd Dec 2012
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By: Ian Mansfield
A Thai court has rejected an attempt to block the formal hand over of the recently auctioned 3G licenses to the three mobile networks.
The auction of the licenses has been subject to court action after various special interest groups tried to argue that they were flawed and lacked competition. All the licenses were sold at the reserve price.
In the latest case, Thailand's Administrative Court ruled that the Office of the Ombudsman could not seek a ban on the issuance of the licenses, because it is not a stakeholder in the original auction.
The Office of the Ombudsman is an advisory body and can only submit recommendations to government bodies who themselves then may take action. The Office claims that the auction was not free or fair due to the way it was structured.
Other investigations though have found no evidence to support various allegations of collusion between the networks.
The regulator is still expected to be able to formally hand over the licenses before the end of this year.