Regulator updates WiMAX situation

3 Oct 2008

Thailand’s National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) is expected to finalise licensing terms and regulations for WiMAX wireless broadband services and to issue operating licences next year, reports the Bangkok Post. NTC secretary-general Suranant Wongwittayakamchaorn said the regulator had given permission to 14 companies to test WiMAX for three months and now awaited their test results. They include True Move, True Universal Communications, Nokia Siemens Networks, Ericsson, Loxley, CAT Telecom, TOT, Samart Telcoms-Provincial Electricity Authority, Transpacific Thailand, Triple T Broadband, Shin Satellite and United Communication Industry. Longer-term WiMAX tests are also being conducted by Mae Fah Luang and Rajabhat Maha Sarakham universities. Mr Suranant said the commercial WiMAX bandwidth selected might be in the range of 2.5GHz in preference to 3.5GHz because, based on test results received so far, the latter range interferes with satellite communications.