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Thai Regulator Pushing Ahead with Radio Spectrum Auction

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Thailand's telecoms regulator, the NBTC says that it does not expect the recent political problems in the country to disrupt its planned radio spectrum auction this coming September.

The details for the auction along with the reserve price are due to be discussed by the telecoms panel next month.

The regulator, in an attempt to avoid the controversy over its 3G license auction, has hired outside advisors from the ITU to help set the reserve prices and the regulatory conditions for the spectrum licenses.

The auction is expected offer blocks in both the 1800Mhz and 1900Mhz spectrum bands which expire in September.

The regulator is also considering an option to auction off a block of 900Mhz spectrum ahead of the existing license expiring. AIS holds the 17.5Mhz block of 900Mhz spectrum, but would be allowed to retain it until March 2015, after which it would be transferred to the auction winner.

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