NBTC abandons OTT surcharge plan

10 Apr 2019

Thailand’s telecoms regulator the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) has backtracked on its plan to impose a surcharge on network bandwidth usage by over-the-top (OTT) service providers like Facebook and Netflix, The Bangkok Post writes. The surcharge would have been based on the amount of OTT bandwidth used, aiming to indirectly force OTT providers to pay a surcharge to international internet gateway (IIG) operators if the OTT were classified as a ‘big OTT’. The initiative was widely criticised on the grounds that it was technically impractical and discouraging to innovation and business development.