NBTC unveils maximum 3G tariffs; cellcos to launch own-brand 3G handsets

28 May 2013

Thailand’s National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) has formally announced maximum tariffs for pre-paid and post-paid 3G mobile services, reports The Bangkok Post. The new maximum rate for 3G voice services is THB0.82 (USD0.027) a minute (down from THB0.97), while SMS and MMS services are to be priced at no higher than THB1.33 (down from THB1.56) and THB3.32 (down from THB3.90) per message respectively. Data services are to be restricted to THB0.28 per megabyte (down from THB0.33). Secretary-General Takorn Tantasit said that any operators violating these limits would face penalties ranging from a warning to licence confiscation.

Meanwhile, in separate but related news, AIS, DTAC and TrueMove are all preparing to launch own-brand 3G handsets in a bid to drive 3G subscriber growth.