NBTC scraps financial relief plan for AIS, True Move

11 Apr 2018

The National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) has performed a volte face by saying it will not push a plan to relax licence fee payment terms for Advanced Info Service (AIS) and True Move, The Bangkok Post writes. The plan involved allowing the pair to extend the final payments to five years, at a 1.5% interest rate, instead of paying the amount in full in 2020. Market leader AIS and second-ranked True Move called on the country’s prime minister to allow the two firms more friendly payment terms for their 900MHz licences after the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) said it would consider financial relief for cash-strapped digital TV operators. The NBTC, however, came under fire after it revealed the relief financial package for the two firms, with NBTC secretary-general Takorn Tantasith saying that the telecoms regulator only offered the solution at the request of the NCPO, which asked it to consider all possibilities.