Regulator hopes to issue WiMAX licences this year

12 Mar 2007

The National Telecommunications Communications (NTC) says it expects to issue WiMAX network operating licences by the end of this year, reports the Bangkok Post. NTC director Prasit Prapingmongkolkarn said the regulator would release spectrum in the 2.5GHz and 3.5GHz frequency bands, while a study was ongoing to determine if 5GHz WiMAX services would affect Shin Satellite’s iPSTAR broadband satellite service, which currently uses the band. The NTC plans to hold a forum on the subject before releasing a new frequency allocation plan, and intends to issue licences for only four or five providers in the 2.5GHz band, according to Mr Prasit. One company eager to offer WiMAX is ISP Pacific Internet Thailand, which has earmarked investment of up to THB1 billion (USD30 million) to build a wireless broadband network covering major urban and industrial areas including Bangkok, aimed at corporate users, before embarking on a second phase to expand the service across provinces with a high potential consumer broadband user base.