TOT, CAT spectrum rights to remain unchanged post-merger

1 Nov 2018

Thailand’s National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) has concluded that a proposed merger between state-owned CAT Telecom and its sister fixed line operator TOT will not conflict with Section 46 of the NBTC Act in terms of the two companies’ existing frequency allocations, with their spectrum rights set to remain unchanged post-merger. The Bangkok Post writes that the new resolution comes after the Digital Economy & Society Ministry sent a letter to the NBTC in September, asking for clarification on the impact of the planned merger on spectrum rights. Further, the working panel handling the merger process for the ministry requested feedback on the effect of the merger on legal obligations of existing disputes between the two enterprises and between TOT and private companies. The Office of the Attorney-General (OAG) is yet to publish a response regarding the matter. The DE Ministry is aiming to submit a CAT/TOT merger plan for cabinet approval by the end of this year.