NTC to move 3G licensing forward

4 Apr 2008

Thailand’s National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) has approved a plan to award 3G UMTS licences in the 2GHz spectrum band in August this year, rather than next year as previously announced, reports Thai newspaper The Nation, quoting the regulator’s secretary-general Suranan Wongvithayakamjorn. The official also said that the three privately owned cellcos AIS, DTAC and True Move would still be allowed to go ahead with their previously announced plans to roll out 3G services in the meantime using existing frequency allocation in the 850MHz and 900MHz bands, although he added that they must comply with new 3G regulations once in place. The NTC plans to issue bandwidth of 45MHz in the 2100MHz band, but has not finalised crucial details including the number of desired 3G licensees. It has scheduled a public consultation next month to evaluate spectrum pricing models and the results of a study of draft 3G licensing terms and conditions, including the number of concessions to be made available and licensing methods.