NBTC to stage second 900MHz auction on 20 October

20 Sep 2018

Thailand’s National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) has set 20 October as the date for the second auction for spectrum in the 900MHz band, which comes with updated conditions aiming to attract prospective bidders, The Bangkok Post writes. Potential participants need to submit bid documents by 8 October, with qualified bidders scheduled to be announced on 17 October.

As previously reported by TeleGeography’s CommsUpdate, the NBTC planned to auction the first round of 900MHz licences by upgrading DTAC’s 850MHz to the 900MHz range, though no bidders joined the August tender due to its prohibitive conditions. In early September DTAC filed a petition for an emergency injunction with the Central Administrative Court for a temporary protection order for its customers to continue using 850MHz mobile services after the expiry of its licence (valid until 15 September), following NBTC’s rejection for a remedy period. The court sided with DTAC, giving it until 15 December to migrate 850MHz users to other bands or operators. The NBTC is allowed to file an appeal against the court decision by 15 October, though NBTC secretary-general Takorn Tantasith disclosed that the regulator is yet to decide whether it should do so as ‘it still has time to consider options’.