3G auction likely in late-2012

8 Dec 2011

Thailand’s National Broadcasting & Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) has revealed more details of its progress in relaunching the country’s frozen 3G mobile licensing process, stating that it expects to hold an auction for 2100MHz operating concessions in late-2012. In the latest update, Commissioner Sutthipon Taweechaikarn, quoted by Dow Jones Newswires, said yesterday that a public hearing will be held in January on the regulator’s draft frequency allocation master plan, which is expected to be finalised around March or April 2012.

As reported by CommsUpdate, in late-November 2011 the NBTC adopted a draft master plan for managing wireless frequencies, representing one of the pre-requisite steps for the new regulator to move ahead with a 3G mobile licence auction. Commissioner Sutthipon’s comments this week were in line with fellow NBTC member Supinya Klangnarong’s announcement in November that the spectrum allocation plan could become effective by April 2012, while TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database noted that the third quarter of the year was the earliest conceivable date for Thailand to issue third-generation concessions.