WiMAX, 3G licences in 3Q

4 Feb 2008

Thailand’s National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) expects to award both WiMAX and 3G mobile network operating licences in the third quarter of this year. The announcement follows a series of unfulfilled promises to issue next generation concessions; last September the regulator said 3G licences would be allocated in the first quarter of 2008. In the latest announcement, an official from the watchdog said that five WiMAX and three 3G spectrum licences are likely to be offered in an auction, although the choice of method – straight auction versus beauty contest – has still not been decided on.