Ombudsman 3G petition rejected

3 Dec 2012

Thailand’s Central Administrative Court today (Monday 3 December 2012) announced that it has rejected a petition lodged by the Office of the Ombudsman to investigate the 2100MHz 3G licence auction held in October, clearing an obstacle for the National Broadcasting & Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) to officially issue the concessions to the three winning bidders, AIS, DTAC and True. A group of senators had submitted the petition alleging that the NBTC’s telecom committee’s endorsement of the 2100MHz licence auction was illegal, on the basis that legislation stated that the regulator’s entire board should ratify the result, although the board of the NBTC did subsequently issue its official approval of the telecom committee’s decision.