Thai Networks Agree to 15% Cut in 3G Tariffs
Published on: 20th May 2013
By: Ian Mansfield
Thailand's mobile networks have agreed to modify their 3G tariffs and reduce the costs by 15 percent as requested by the telecoms regulator.
Although the order was given a couple of weeks ago, the networks had complied by raising the mobile data allowance by an equivalent amount. Following complaints from consumer lobby groups, the regulator agreed to review the way the tariff cut was being applied.
NBTC Secretary-general Takorn Tantasit said the three 3G mobile operators - AIS, DTAC and True Move have all agreed that they will cut their 3G tariff rates.
The tariff cut is based on the rates being offered by the three networks to their GSM customers.
A typical 3G starter tariff of 399 baht will be reduced to 340 baht per month.
The networks have also agreed to lower the cost of mobile number portability, although they are still pressing for the capacity of the MNP clearing house to be massively expanded.
More significantly, the regulator agreed that the mobile networks can issue new SIM cards for migrating GSM to 3G customers. This was a potential sticking point with the state-owned networks trying to claim that a GSM customer migrating to a private 3G network but using the same SIM card is still one of their customers.