NBTC confirms 900MHz, 1800MHz auction by September 2015

17 Nov 2014

Thai telecoms regulator the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) has confirmed plans to hold an auction for 4G mobile spectrum licences in the 1800MHz and 900MHz spectrum bands by September 2015, following the one-year postponement of its original plans imposed by the military government in June this year. As reported by the Bangkok Post, the regulator will revise all auction details for both bands in January 2015 and draw up a new schedule for the auction in July, according to Settapong Malisuwan, the NBTC’s vice-chairman, who added that the starting bid prices may be increased to reflect changing economic conditions. True Corp and AIS subsidiary Digital Phone have been allowed to continue using their 1800MHz frequencies to serve 2G mobile users for an extended period after the concessions expired in September 2013, while AIS’s 900MHz frequencies expire in September 2015.