Thailand delays 3G licensing but opens up key internet markets

3 Jan 2006

Thailand’s National Telecommunication Commission (NTC) says it won’t release criteria for 3G mobile licences this year because it needs more time to study the economic, social and legal aspects of the process. Commissioner Sethaporn Cusripituck told local press yesterday that the regulator had ‘given less deliberation on the 3G service than it deserves,’ and that it ‘cannot commit to when the completed guidelines will be ready or when we will be able to issue 3G licences.’

Elsewhere, the NTC decided to allow private firms entry into three key internet services markets – international internet gateway services, the internet exchange and voice-over-internet protocol (VoIP) telephony. Currently, Thailand’s internet infrastructure is monopolised by state-owned operators CAT Telecom and TOT Corp.

Thailand, CAT Telecom