Thailand's CAT Telecom Delays MVNO Service by 6 Months

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Thailand's state owned CAT Telecom has delayed its plans to allow MVNOs onto its 3G network by six months, citing a delay in installing the necessary billing software.

"We need another six months to complete our billing software system for an MVNO," the company's Chief executive Kittisak Sriprasert said, with 3G commercial service for MVNO set to begin by August.

The company has already signed an MVNO agreement with 365 Communication, and it's not currently clear if the delay will entitle it to compensation. 365 Communication's CEO, Surin Ritteepamorn said that the delay will have minimal impact on its business plans.

365 Communication's plans to offer a mobile service as an MVNO on CAT Telecom follows the termination of its agreement with the other state telco, TOT last October.

TOT argued that 365 is in financial trouble and struggling with a lack of cash flow and high debts. However, without directly addressing those claims, 365's CEO, Surin Ritteepamorn said that the MVNO had offered the best commercial rates to TOT.

The company had just 2,000 customers at the time of the shut-down.

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