Digital Total Access Communication (DTAC, registered as Total Access Communication PLC), Thailand’s second largest mobile operator by subscribers, has suggested that it hopes to conclude talks regarding the future of its long-term partnership with state-run CAT Telecom during the second quarter of 2015. The development was revealed to Reuters by Sigve Brekke, head of controlling shareholder Telenor Asia. Brekke added that talks with the government regarding DTAC relinquishing an idle 25MHz block of 1800MHz spectrum remain ongoing.
According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database, DTAC was awarded a build-transfer-operate (BTO) contract by CAT Telecom back in November 1990, giving it 2×50MHz in the 1800MHz frequency band alongside 2×10MHz in the 850MHz range, originally set to run for 15 years but extended in 1996 to run until the start of 2018. Under the agreement, DTAC pays CAT 30% of revenues (increased from 25% in September 2011 and 20% in September 2006).