TOT ordered to connect new mobile numbers

30 Jan 2007

The Bangkok Post reports that The Central Administrative Court yesterday ordered state-owned fixed line operator TOT to connect 1.5 million new mobile phone numbers belonging to True Move to its PSTN pending the court’s ruling on the companies’ legal dispute. On 18 January TOT blocked access for True Move’s new numbers following the firm’s refusal to pay it network access charges of THB200 (USD6) per number per month backdated to November 2006. The disconnection prompted True Move to file a lawsuit accusing TOT of legal violations. According to the new ruling, TOT had no right to make the disconnection, which was judged to be damaging to consumers’ rights. A similar order was issued by the same court regarding the dispute between TOT and cellco DTAC. TOT had also disconnected 1.5 million new DTAC mobile numbers from its network for the same reason. However, TOT still has the right to appeal against the injunctions granted in favour of True Move and DTAC within 30 days. True Move and DTAC refused to pay TOT’s access charges when the National Telecommunications Commission introduced a new interconnection charge framework designed to replace the old system.