NBTC fines Jas Mobile THB200m for failure to pay for 900MHz spectrum licence

3 Jun 2016

Jas Mobile has been fined almost THB200 million (USD5.6 million) by the National Broadcasting & Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) for its failure to pay for the technology-neutral (4G) 900MHz mobile licence it won at auction in December. According to the Bangkok Post, Jas has the right to file an appeal with the Civil Court if it disagrees with the decision. Meanwhile, it has been confirmed that the authorities will not revoke fixed broadband or digital TV licences held by Jas Mobile’s parent company Jasmine International Public Company as punishment, with NBTC secretary-general Takorn Tantasith cited as saying that the regulator had no authority to revoke such concessions as it could violate telecom laws and regulations.

With regard to the fine itself, Takorn noted this had been calculated based on three elements: compensation for operating expenses incurred during the auction in December 2015; the cost of the re-auction of the spectrum last month; and interest starting from the date of Jas Mobile’s default on payment in March 2015. Specifically, interest of THB169 million was said to be based on an interest rate of 7.5% applied to the first instalment of THB8.04 billion that had been due by 21 March, with interest calculated from this date until 30 June, when Advanced Info Service (AIS), which acquired the 900MHz spectrum forfeited by Jas Mobile, is due to make its first payment.