CAT discloses 4G 850MHz plan, persists with 1800MHz proposal

8 Jun 2015

Thai state-owned operator CAT has submitted to the regulatory authorities a plan to roll out 4G LTE network services in the 850MHz band it currently uses for 3G. Sanpachai Huvanandana, acting CEO of CAT, said that the National Broadcasting & Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) was currently looking at the proposal, which would involve an extension to the existing partnership with True Corp under which 3G 850MHz services are offered under the True Move H and My (CAT) brands, according to a report by The Nation.

Meanwhile, The Nation also reports that CAT and its concession holder DTAC have reached an agreement to transfer 5MHz of DTAC’s 1800MHz bandwidth to the NBTC for auction. If the NBTC agrees to add the proposed bandwidth to its auction plan, it will have a total of 30MHz bandwidth of the 1800MHz spectrum up for grabs in the auction. However, the regulator has previously indicated it will not accept this proposal because it would mean delaying the auction. Nonetheless, Mr Sanpachai said CAT would hold new talks with the NBTC next week on the planned transfer of 5MHz of the 1800MHz spectrum to the regulator. CAT has already informed Information and Communications Technology Minister Pornchai Rujiprapa and Deputy Prime Minister MR Pridiyathorn Devakula about the matter, he added. Sanpachai said both ministers had agreed with the plan to transfer the additional bandwidth to the NBTC, but CAT had to discuss the matter with the watchdog further.