Thai Regulator Updates on Radio Spectrum Auction Plans
Published on: 5th Mar 2014
By: Ian Mansfield
Thailand's telecoms regulator has approved the timeframe for the country's next batch of radio spectrum auctions that are due to start in August.
The two 1800Mhz licenses currently held by TrueMove and Digital Phone are being offered as was originally expected, although the auction will take place in August rather than September.
The licenses expire in September, so the slightly earlier auction may offer some clarity to the winner during the handover period.
A second auction will then take place in November for the 900Mhz of spectrum currently being used by AIS under its concession from TOT. That spectrum is not due to be released until next year though.
Currently, there is 17.5Mhz of 900Mhz spectrum held by AIS, but that may be topped up to 20Mhz by the regulator, who could then auction off two large blocks.
The winner of the 900Mhz spectrum wont be able to use it until the AIS license expires, but the regulator said it would grant equipment permits to allow the winner to start early network construction.