Another step towards 3G licensing as lower house OKs frequency bill

25 Mar 2010

The Bangkok Post reports that the House of Representatives yesterday approved the long-delayed Frequency Allocation Bill which mandates the creation of a single telecoms and broadcasting regulator, taking the country one step closer to holding 3G mobile licence auctions. However, the upper house (the Senate) will not begin examining the legislation for approval until 5 April at the earliest. The current parliamentary session ends in May and according to the report it is unclear whether the bill can be passed by then. The proposed legislation would amend the Frequency Allocation Law, which was mandated by the 1997 constitution and has been in effect since 2000. The current telecoms regulator the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) has faced legal uncertainty over its authority to issue 3G licences under existing legislation.