Thai telecoms start-up venture Mobile LTE is the fifth company to acquire bidding documents for the planned auction of two 900MHz 4G licences in Thailand, which is scheduled to take place in December this year. According to the Bangkok Post, each would-be participant must pay a ‘bidding fee’ of THB500,000 (USD13,746), plus a deposit guarantee worth 5% of the reserve price; which for a 900MHz licence is THB12.9 billion, or 80% of the estimated real spectrum value. Documents will be made available to potential bidders until 21 October.
As previously reported by TeleGeography’s CommsUpdate, earlier this month the first four potential bidders in the 900MHz auction were named as cellular market leader Advanced Info Service (AIS); second-placed cellco Digital Total Access Communication (DTAC); third largest mobile provider True Corp (True Move H); and Jas Mobile Broadband (a subsidiary of Jasmine International, parent of Thai fixed network operator Triple T Broadband). All four companies previously acquired bidding documents for the government’s 1800MHz auction, which will take place in November.
Mobile LTE is a consortium of local ICT and oil trading firms. Advanced Information Technology (AIT) holds a 20% stake in Mobile LTE, which is also one of the shortlisted firms aiming to partner struggling state-run Thai telco TOT in the 4G mobile sector.