AIS, DTAC submit bids for 1800MHz spectrum; 850MHz auction cancelled

9 Aug 2018

Advanced Info Service (AIS) and Total Access Communication (DTAC) have each submitted bid applications for the second round of the 1800MHz spectrum auction scheduled for 19 August, The Bangkok Post writes. AIS and DTAC each placed THB2.5 billion (USD75 million) to guarantee their bids for four slots in the 1800MHz band, the maximum number of slots each bidder is allowed to win in the auction, while second-largest operator by subscribers True Move retaliated by saying it would sit out the auction, claiming that the bandwidth it is operating on is sufficient to accommodate subscriber growth. Telecoms watchdog the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) plans to auction nine slots of 10MHz each, with a reserve price of THB12.48 billion.

Meanwhile, NBTC’s auction for spectrum in the 850MHz band has been aborted, after none of the three operators expressed an interest in the frequencies. TeleGeography notes that DTAC expressed reservations about bidding in the sale process last month, after NBTC refused its request to lower the reserve price. DTAC disclosed that its decision to not submit a bid for the airwaves was also based on some technical limitations of the spectrum usage and the risk of public liability from possible frequency interference with Thailand’s upcoming railway projects.