Thai 900MHz licence bidding to exceed USD3bn

17 Dec 2015

Thailand’s National Broadcasting & Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) has extended the auction for two technology-neutral 900MHz spectrum licences into its third day, with bids reaching more than THB107 billion (USD2.97 billion). The country’s three main cellcos Advanced Info Service (AIS), True Corp and Digital Total Access Communication (DTAC) entered the bidding alongside Jas Mobile Broadband, a subsidiary of Jasmine International (parent of Thai fixed network operator Triple T Broadband), and at least three of the four bidders remained in the contest as of Thursday morning. At the commencement of the third day’s bidding the price of the 900MHz licences reached THB4.26 billion per MHz, or 57.7% higher than the THB2.7 billion per MHz for the 1800MHz licences won by AIS and True in last month’s 4G auction.