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Thailand to Hold Three Spectrum Auctions Later This Year

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Thailand's telecoms regulator is planning to hold three separate auction later this year for radio spectrum expected to be released for use by 4G services.

The auctions which had been expected for September will now be staged accross both August and September.

The auction for 25 Mhz of 1800Mhz spectrum being vacated by True Move and Digital Phone will take place earlier than expected, in August. The licenses expired last September, but were given a conditional one year extension.

True Move still has 11 million customers on this spectrum, down from 17 million last October. DPC has 40,000 users, down from 70,000.

A block of 17.5 MHz worth of 900Mhz pectrum currently used by AIS and due to expire in March 2015 will be auctioned in September.

A third auction will offer 50 Mhz of 1800Mhz spectrum that is currently used by Dtac, and will also take place in September. The details of how that spectrum is to be released are still being finalized. Although Dtac only uses half of the spectrum block, the license is not due to expire until 2018.

Col Settapong Malisuwan, the NBTC's vice-chairman said that there will also be a spectrum cap applied to "encourage fair bidding".

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