900MHz auction prices 16% higher than 1800MHz

7 May 2014

The starting bid prices for Thailand’s auction of two 900MHz band mobile spectrum licences planned for November have been set at THB10.76 billion (USD332 million) for a 2×10MHz licence and THB8.07 billion for a 2×7.5MHz concession, based on a recommendation by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) of THB538 million per MHz for paired uplink/downlink frequencies, a source at the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) was quoted by The Nation as saying. The NBTC’s telecom committee is expected to approve these reference prices this week. The ITU has recommended that the starting price for a 900MHz band should be equivalent to 70% of the spectrum’s ‘full value’ of THB768.5 million per MHz – THB537.95 million – which is 16% higher than the THB484 million price per MHz set for the 1800MHz auction scheduled for August.