Preliminary 3G rates set by NBTC

14 Mar 2013

The telecom committee of Thailand’s National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) has approved in principle the base rates for voice and data service fees of 3G cellular operators using the 2100MHz spectrum band, reports Thai newspaper The Nation. The voice and data fees must be 15% lower than THB0.92 (USD0.031) per minute and THB0.35 per minute respectively, according to the preliminary ruling, while if the new 2100MHz licence holders – AIS, True and DTAC – offer bundled voice and data service packages to customers, the overall rate in the package must be 15% lower than the present market rate. The committee also approved that the licence holders must propose their own rates for the committee’s consideration on a package-by-package basis before offering them to customers. Telecom committee chairman Settapong Malisuwan said the fees would be applied to all three licence holders for six months before the panel works out the effective maximum benchmark rates for them based on a calculation of their operating costs.