New commissioners approved: 3G auction moves a step closer

24 Feb 2010

Four new directors of Thai regulator the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) have received royal endorsement, clearing one of the bureaucratic and legal obstacles preventing the country from holding a long-delayed auction for four 3G mobile network operating licences. The Nation newspaper reports that the new commissioners were rubber-stamped after the Royal Household asked the Prime Minister’s Office to double-check their backgrounds following an investigation of one individual by the National Anti-Corruption Commission. The new NTC line-up must now work to finalise the process of awarding the 2100MHz frequency concessions by October this year, when the six-year terms of the regulator’s remaining three board members end.