Thailand's TOT Delays 4G Spectrum Deal with AIS
Published on: 17th Mar 2014
By: Ian Mansfield
Thailand's state owned TOT has delayed signing a contract with its concessionaire AIS that would allow AIS to provide LTE based services on the state's existing unused frequency.
The delay is due to apparent legal problems which could impair TOTs ability to allow AIS to use its spare spectrum.
At the moment, spectrum can only be allocated by a state run auction, and there are concerns that while TOT is retaining the spectrum, allowing it to be used by AIS could face legal challenges.
The plans were to allow AIS to access 5Mhz of 2.1Ghz spectrum for the next year to provide LTE services. The contract would enable AIS to launch 4G services ahead of the formal spectrum auctions due later this year.
TOT aims to earn around THB800 million (USD24.7 million) from the spectrum lease agreement.