Ombudsman pursues 3G injunction

9 Nov 2012

Thailand’s Office of the Ombudsman yesterday filed a lawsuit against the National Broadcasting & Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) claiming that last month’s 3G licence auction broke the constitution and the Frequency Allocation Act (2010). The petition to the administrative court seeks an injunction to prevent the three licences being awarded to AIS, DTAC and True, as the auction result was ratified by the NBTC’s five-member telecoms committee instead of the regulator’s eleven-member board as authorised by legislation. The telecoms committee argues that the NBTC board delegated the authority for concession ratification. As reported by Telecomasia, a separate anti-corruption case initiated by the Ministry of Finance is ongoing, focusing on the lack of competition in the bidding for the 2100MHz licences, and alleging that the NBTC ‘designed a fixed auction.’