Court throws out lawsuit challenging NTC’s right to issue 3G licences

20 Aug 2010

Thailand’s Administrative Court has rejected a lawsuit filed by an employee of state-run telco TOT – the country’s sole 2100MHz UMTS licence holder – which challenged the authority of the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) to issue 3G licences to privately-owned operators in a planned auction scheduled to start in late September, the Bangkok Post writes. The suit, filed by Pornchai Meemark, formerly a union leader for TOT, argued that under previously issued laws and regulations, the award of new 3G licences is not allowed until a long-delayed plan to form a combined communications/media regulator – the National Broadcasting & Telecommunications Commission – is implemented. The court ruled the NTC’s current 3G licensing regulations are in the interests of fair competition. It added that it was dropping the case as the plaintiff is an individual rather than a licensee and had not proven that any damage would result if the NTC regulations prevented state-run telephone companies [TOT and sister company CAT] from bidding for new licences.

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