DTAC to bid in 850MHz spectrum auction

27 Jun 2018

Thai operator Total Access Communication (DTAC) has submitted an official letter to the regulator the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) stating its intention to bid for 2×5MHz of spectrum in the 850MHz band. The Bangkok Post writes that the NBTC has now approved a new timeline and conditions for the auction, scheduled to take place on 18 August. Further, the regulator will also try to sell the 1800MHz frequencies which failed to attract any bids in June; under the revised plans, the available 90MHz in that band is to be divided into ten lots of 2×5MHz, each with a reserve price of THB12.48 billion (USD377.6 million). Each participant can bid for a maximum of four lots or a combined 40MHz of bandwidth (upload and download). The 850MHz licence will come with a reserve price of THB38 billion.

As previously reported by TeleGeography’s CommsUpdate, the regulator cancelled the tender for three blocks of 2×15MHz spectrum in the 1800MHz band earlier this month as none of the country’s three largest mobile network operators (MNOs) submitted bid documents. True Move, Thailand’s second largest wireless operator by subscribers, confirmed in May that it would not participate in the auction, claiming that it had sufficient bandwidth in a number of spectrum bands to provide its services. DTAC and AIS followed suit with their respective announcements on 16 June.