Regulator to regain control over 3G licensing process?

21 Aug 2006

Thailand’s Council of State has decided that the allocation of 3G mobile spectrum should be the sole responsibility of the country’s telecoms regulator, the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC), reports the Bangkok Post. The 3G licensing process has been delayed by legislation stating that the NTC must wait for the establishment of fledgling regulatory authority, the National Broadcasting Commission, which is being set up to take responsibility for wireless frequency allocation under a programme to liberalise the broadcasting sector. The NTC is in the process of drawing up a licensing framework, but its chairman, General Choochart Promprasit, has said that the board is still divided on the scope of its authority and wants telecoms operators to apply for 3G concessions so that the issue can be raised again. Currently, state-owned Thai Mobile is the only company licensed to provide 3G services, as it was awarded spectrum in the 2100MHz range prior to the establishment of the NTC.