The telecoms committee of the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) has rejected TOT’s initial 2300MHz mobile broadband proposal as lacking in essential details, and has given the state-backed telco three months to submit an improved plan. The Bangkok Post quotes NBTC commissioner Prawit Leesathapornwongsa as saying: ‘The business plan lacks several important elements including a network rollout plan and the timeline for a soft or commercial launch of the services, as well as a clear roadmap of bandwidth allotment in providing services.’ He also disagreed with TOT’s plan to use its full 60MHz spectrum allocation for the service, calling the mooted bandwidth ‘excessive’. If TOT fails to launch 2300MHz mobile broadband services by the end of next year, the NBTC will revoke the spectrum, he added.
As previously reported by TeleGeography’s CommsUpdate, in October 2015 the NBTC gave TOT the green light to develop 4G services using its existing 2300MHz spectrum for a ten-year period. The authorisation was designed to help TOT create new revenue streams to offset lost build-transfer-operate (BTO) concession revenues, the watchdog claimed at the time.