Thailand’s National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) had approved a resolution to hold a new auction for spectrum in the 900MHz and 1800MHz bands in October, four months earlier than initially planned, The Bangkok Post writes. Details for the two auctions will be settled at a board meeting on 12 September, along with the potential approval of a decision on whether Total Access Communication (DTAC) should be granted an extension to its 850MHz concession (valid until 15 September) in order to avoid the shutdown of the 2G network.
Previously, the NBTC tried to sell the 900MHz and 1800MHz frequencies in June, but none of the country’s three largest mobile operators submitted bid documents. On 2 July the NBTC board approved a resolution pressing DTAC to participate into the 900MHz spectrum auction as a condition for the passing of a remedy regulation aiming to extend its concession in order to allow for the migration of 850MHz users to other networks. In a second spectrum tender in August, Advanced Info Service (AIS) and DTAC walked away with two 2×5MHz blocks in the 1800MHz band, with no operators expressing interest in the 900MHz airwaves. DTAC said that overall 21 million customers may be disconnected from mobile services in areas covered solely by 850MHz networks, if the extension remedy period is not passed.