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Thai Regulator Gets Approval to Push Ahead with Spectrum Auction

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Thailand's telecoms regulator, the NBTC has secured approval for plans to auction additional radio spectrum later this year.

The approval, which was expected, was given by the regulator's internal telecoms committee.

The regulator will now push ahead with previously announced plans to auction off blocks of 1800Mhz and 900Mhz spectrum starting this August.

There will be two blocks of spectrum in each band, and bidders will be limited to one block of 1800Mhz spectrum, but would be allowed to bid for both blocks of 900Mhz spectrum if so desired.

The 1800Mhz spectrum will be made available immediately to the winner, while the 900Mhz spectrum is still in use and wont be released until next year.

It has been suggested, although not confirmed yet that the reserve price of a licence for 12.5MHz of 1800MHz spectrum will be around Bt11 billion to Bt12 billion, while that for 10MHz of the 900MHz spectrum would be about Bt10 billion.

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