Regulator votes against True participating in 900MHz re-auction

6 Apr 2016

The five-member board of Thailand’s telecoms regulator has voted 3:2 against allowing True Corp to participate in the re-auction of 900MHz spectrum, scheduled for 24 June this year, TelecomAsia reports. True won one of two tech-neutral 900MHz licences auctioned last December, whilst start-up Jas Mobile won the other concession but failed to come up with the financing to pay for it. Previously, the NBTC’s secretary general Takorn Tantasit had said that True could be included in the re-auction for Jas’ forfeited licence. Despite the starting price being set at the sky-high value of Jas’ winning bid of THB75.65 million (USD2.14 billion), the country’s largest cellco AIS has expressed its interest. TelecomAsia writes that AIS has also sent a letter to the NBTC claiming that it could pay the THB75.65 billion asking price ‘in a couple of months’ once it gains shareholder permission, while asking the regulator for permission to continue using out-of-concession 900MHz for 2G in the meantime. AIS’ existing 900MHz service is scheduled to be switched off on 14 April.