Thai cellcos ordered to offer vulnerable people cut-price 4G access

13 Dec 2016

The National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) has ordered Thai mobile operators Advanced Info Service (AIS) and True to provide affordable 4G SIM cards for disabled and low-income citizens by March 2017, the Bangkok Post reports. The order is subject to the terms and conditions set out in the schedule for the 900MHz and 1800MHz mobile licences that the two companies secured via last year’s 4G spectrum auction.

The news outlet quotes Takorn Tantasith, secretary-general of the NBTC, as saying: ‘The low-cost 4G SIM cards must provide tariff rates at least 10% cheaper than the existing maximum 4G mobile voice and data tariff rates capped by the telecom regulator … All Thais must benefit from national resources like spectrum.’ The maximum tariffs for mobile phone services using the 1800MHz and 900MHz bands have been set at THB0.69 (USD0.02) per minute for voice services, and THB0.26 per megabyte for data services.