CAT-True partnership gets Council of State blessing

26 Jun 2013

The 3G network wholesale/resale partnership between Thai state-owned CAT Telecom and private sector operator True Corp – operating the ‘True Move H’ and CAT ‘My 3G’ services on 850MHz HSPA+ infrastructure – has been given the all-clear by the Council of State, which decided that the partnership complies with the law following recent revisions to the terms of the public-private operating agreement. The Bangkok Post writes that CAT and True have finalised new 3G contracts including six amended sections which previously violated the Frequency Allocation Act, as requested by the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC). The report adds that new contracts will be signed once the Cabinet approves CAT’s 3G service development budget – under which it will pay THB15 billion (USD483 million) in network rental fees to True subsidiary BFKT, while THB14 billion is earmarked for deploying fibre-optic links to serve BFKT. Outside of the original CAT-True 3G partnership – formed in January 2011 – True launched its own 2100MHz 3G and 4G LTE network last month, under its full infrastructure-based operating licence awarded in December last year. TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database notes that although the main focus of True Corp’s investment has switched to rolling out 2100MHz data/voice services, True Move H’s existing 850MHz services will also continue to be developed, while True’s 2G 1800MHz build-transfer-operate (BTO) concession granted by CAT expires in September this year, with the frequencies earmarked for re-auction for 4G services.

Thailand, CAT Telecom, True Corp