NBTC proposes changes to 900MHz, 1800MHz auctions

22 Jan 2018

Thailand’s National Broadcasting & Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) will propose to its board that it consider suspending a planned auction of 900MHz spectrum and auction nine 1800MHz licences, instead of the originally planned three concessions in the band. The Nation writes that the proposed changes will be tabled for consideration to the NBTC subcommittee on telecoms affairs on 25 January, and to the NBTC board on 31 January. NBTC secretary general Takorn Tantasith said that the decision to suspend the 900MHz spectrum auction reflected concerns over a possible interference in signals between the blocks to be auctioned and the 900MHz band that the NRTC planned to use for high-speed train services. Regarding the 1800MHz auction, Takorn said that the 45MHz of available spectrum in the band will be divided into nine blocks of 5MHz, at a price of THB12.485 billion (USD390 million) each. The original starting price for the three 15MHz blocks of 1800MHz spectrum was THB37.457 billion.