NBTC says DTAC can use existing 1800MHz spectrum for 4G

15 Sep 2015

The telecom committee of Thailand’s National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) has approved a request from the country’s second largest cellco Digital Total Access Communication (DTAC) to expand its 2100MHz 4G LTE services by utilising its existing 1800MHz frequencies – currently used for 2G GSM operations – for LTE. As reported by The Nation, commissioner Prawit Leesatapornwongsa said that approval was given on the condition that the upgrade must not impact a plan for state-owned CAT Telecom (the issuer of DTAC’s 2G 1800MHz build-transfer-operate [BTO] concession) to transfer 5MHz of a 25MHz idle tranche of 1800MHz spectrum – nominally held by DTAC – to the NBTC for auction in November alongside another 25MHz of 4G (technology-neutral) 1800MHz spectrum up for grabs. As previously reported by CommsUpdate, DTAC has applied for the 1800MHz auction alongside cellular rivals Advanced Info Service (AIS) and True Corp, and Jas Mobile Broadband (a division of Jasmine International, the parent of Thai triple-play fixed network operator Triple T Broadband).