NBTC to launch biometric SIM registration on 15 December; spectrum auction rules approved

9 Nov 2017

Thailand’s National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) is planning to introduce a biometric verification system for registering new pre-paid/post-paid SIM cards on 15 December, The Nation writes. NBTC secretary-general Takorn Tantasith said that the new registration method would be used nationwide, with operators able to utilise a face recognition or a fingerprint verification system. The watchdog had already piloted the method in three provinces in the South earlier this year. The NBTC ordered all mobile network operators (MNOs) to introduce the new biometric registration system on 31 October.

In other news, the NBTC board has approved the draft rules for the forthcoming spectrum auction in the 850MHz and 1800MHz bands. The watchdog is expected to finalise the rules next January and call bids in May 2018. The regulator will auction one 5MHz paired block of 850MHz spectrum and three blocks of 2×15MHz frequencies in the 1800MHz band.