NBTC to allow 1800MHz auction winner to reshuffle spectrum blocks

12 Jun 2018

The National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) will allow the winner of the 1800MHz spectrum auction to reshuffle the acquired frequencies with other operators’ slots, The Bangkok Post reports. Takorn Tantasith, secretary-general of the NBTC, said: ‘Spectrum allocated on the same frequency over different periods bring advantages and disadvantages to operators. The NBTC is allowing the winner of August’s 1800MHz licence to negotiate with other operators to change their spectrum slots.’ The official added that the NBTC initially planned to award three blocks adjacent to the two 2×15MHz blocks awarded in 2015 to True Move (1710MHz-1725MHz/1805MHz-1820MHz) and AIS (1725MHz-1740MHz/1820MHz-1835MHz). However, the regulator received a letter from True that it planned to sit out the auction, with Mr Takorn Tantasith saying: ‘Under the N-1 rule in the auction’s conditions, the NBTC can auction only one licence because there are not more than two prospective bidders for the auction.’ The official revealed that the concession will be for the 1740MHz-1755MHz/1830MHz-1850MHz block.