DTAC confirmed as sole bidder in 900MHz spectrum auction

17 Oct 2018

DTAC TriNet, a subsidiary of Total Access Communication (DTAC), has submitted its bid for spectrum in the 900MHz band being sold by the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) later this month. According to The Nation newspaper, TriNet’s application means that its parent is currently the sole bidder for the frequencies in question; as previously reported by CommsUpdate, earlier this month Advanced Info Service (AIS) and True Move confirmed that they would not be participating in the auction as they say they have sufficient bandwidth across several spectrum bands with which to provide services. With the auction itself set to begin on 28 October, the authorities are offering 2×5MHz in the 900MHz band, and have set a reserve of THB37.99 billion (USD1.16 billion) on the frequencies on offer.

Meanwhile, it has also been confirmed that – as a result of DTAC’s decision to bid for 900MHz spectrum – the NBTC has decided not to launch an appeal against a recent Central Administrative Court ruling that gave the operator’s subscribers the right to continue using its 850MHz-based service until 15 December. The regulator had previously said it was planning to lodge an appeal should DTAC fail to submit a bid for the 900MHz spectrum it was selling off.

Commenting on the matter, DTAC chairman Boonchai Bencharongkul was cited as saying: ‘Joining the 900MHz frequency band auction is an important decision which underpins DTAC’s long-term strategy to enhance network quality and provide competitive services to all mobile users nationwide. We are confident this decision will enable DTAC to strengthen its market position and secure future value creation.’