Thai authorities reject investigation into 3G auction

Thailand’s Central Administrative Court has reportedly rejected a petition to investigate last month’s 3G auction.

The move could enable the regulator to finally issue licences for 3G mobile services, as Thailand remains one of the last Asian countries to allocate 2.1GHz spectrum.

The auction, which took place on October 16, saw the country’s top three telecoms operators bid a total of $1.4 billion. It is expected to generate the country more than $1 billion.

There were claims that the auction lacked free and fair competition as required under the constitution, with some critics alleging that the companies colluded on pricing at the auction.

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