Thailand to bring forward spectrum auction

Thailand to bring forward spectrum auction

Thailand’s military government is to bring forward the re-auction of the country’s 900MHz spectrum by a month to mid-May.

The auction will enable the country to re-allocate the 900MHz licence acquired by Jas Mobile last December but had to give up when it failed to make its first payment last month.

The National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC), Thailand’s telecoms regulator, had initially planned to re-auction the spectrum June 24, 2016 but its general Prayut Chan-o-cha called for it to be brought forward by a month on Tuesday.

Existing operators such as True and Advanced Info Service (AIS) will be eligible to participate in the auction. The latter had requested for the regulator to award it the 900MHz licence for €1.9 billion (75.65 billion baht) without hosting another auction. 

In a separate meeting, Takorn Tantasith, secretary-general of NBTC, said the auction is likely to be held on May 22, 2016.      

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