Operators invited to join WiMAX market

25 Oct 2006

Telecoms operators in Thailand can now apply for licences to provide wireless broadband internet access including WiMAX services, following an announcement by the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC), reports local newspaper The Nation. The regulator has invited applications for the use of the 2.5GHz and 3.5GHz spectrum bands, although the 5GHz band has not yet been made available. Wireless broadband spectrum was allocated to True Corp, TOT Corp and Shin Satellite (ShinSat) by an earlier regulatory regime. ShinSat holds 3.5GHz spectrum, TOT owns frequencies in the 2.4GHz band, and True’s pay-TV operator, UBC True, has a concession for the 2.5GHz range. The NTC’s WiMAX licensing plans had previously been held up by a debate on frequency access for the telecoms and broadcasting industries, but it said this week that a general offer of WiMAX concessions is in line with the Council of State’s ruling that it could pursue spectrum management activities in the absence of the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC), as long as the activities did not relate to broadcasting spectrums.