Regulator ploughs on with 1800MHz, 900MHz plans

12 Dec 2013

Thailand’s National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) has confirmed that in February it will release detailed proposals for an upcoming 4G mobile licence auction of 1800MHz frequencies despite political uncertainty in the country, The Bangkok Post reports. The regulator’s 1800MHz plan is also coordinated with moves for 900MHz licensing under technology neutral conditions, and it has hired the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) to study auction methods, gauge the value of frequencies, set reserve prices for licences and draft licence conditions. The ITU will submit its study to the NBTC early in 2014. An information memorandum (IM) draft for the 4G auction is expected to be completed in March, ahead of the bidding proposed for September 2014, with winners to be named in early October and concessions awarded in November.