NBTC hopes DTAC will ‘donate’ 1800MHz spectrum to ease 2G-4G migration

18 Apr 2013

Thailand’s National Broadcasting & Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) has scheduled an auction for two 25MHz blocks in the 1800MHz frequency band consisting of 15MHz for 4G services and an optional 10MHz for 2G, by September 2014, a year after the 1800MHz concessions of True Corp’s True Move unit and Advanced Info Services (AIS) subsidiary Digital Phone Company (DPC) expire in September 2013. The watchdog has also asked Digital Total Access Communications (DTAC) to return an unused 25MHz block in the 1800MHz band [half of DTAC’s total 50MHz in the band] in order to auction it simultaneously with those of True and DPC. However, the NBTC has no authority to force DTAC to return the frequency, as its concession does not expire until 2018. ‘If we could obtain the unused 25MHz from DTAC, it would give us much more flexibility to reallocate the spectrum slot in order to better handle existing 2G users after the concessions end,’ an NBTC spokesperson was quoted as saying by the Bangkok Post.