Junta suspends 4G auctions

18 Jun 2014

Thailand’s National Broadcasting & Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) yesterday announced that it was suspending the country’s upcoming mobile licence auctions under the orders of the military-run administration, the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO). As reported by the Bangkok Post, the 1800MHz LTE auction set for August this year is now on hold, as is the 900MHz licence sale scheduled for later in the year, while two other projects have also been frozen by the NCPO: a national universal service obligation fund programme worth THB20 billion (USD615 million) and a digital TV subsidy scheme worth THB25 billion. The combined value of the two spectrum auctions this year was expected to be in the region of THB40 billion. The report adds that the NCPO’s latest move is aimed at ‘examining transparency and functioning of the regulator’.