A consortium led by domestically-based technology provider Samart Corporation this morning won Thai state-run telco TOT’s auction for a nationwide 3G mobile network expansion. The e-auction went ahead after the Administrative Court rejected Swedish vendor Ericsson’s petition to halt the bidding after it claimed its bid was unfairly rejected at an earlier stage. The SL consortium of Samart, fellow Thai group Loxley, Finland-based Nokia Siemens Networks and China’s Huawei Technologies won the auction with a minimum bid of THB16.29 billion (USD529 million), which was 6.59% less than the reserve price. The AU consortium of Advanced Information Technology, Alcatel-Lucent and United Communications submitted a bid of THB16.77 billion. TOT is undertaking a THB20 billion project to expand its existing Bangkok HSPA 2100MHz network nationwide, and hopes to be able to launch services in other major provinces in April.