Thailand’s National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) has revealed plans to hold an auction for 5G-suitable frequencies in the 3400MHz-3700MHz band next year, after its planned tender for four spectrum ranges (scheduled to be held on 16 February 2020). The NBTC is in discussions with the Ministry of Digital Economy and Society (MDES) regarding the recall of spectrum in the band, currently occupied by satellite business provider Thaicom (set to expire in 2021). NBTC secretary-general Takorn Tantasith said: ‘It is too early to elaborate on an exact timeline for the 3400MHz-3700MHz auction, but it will happen in 2020.’ The official added that the combined reserve price for the 300MHz of spectrum could be around THB40 billion-THB50 billion (USD1.3 billion-USD1.7 billion).
As previously reported by TeleGeography’s CommsUpdate, the NBTC will offer 5G-suitable spectrum in the 700MHz, 1800MHz, 2600MHz and 26GHz bands in February 2020. The NBTC’s working team responsible for formulating the auction plan will finalise the draft conditions by December, with plans to award the spectrum to the winning bidders in March 2020. The regulator is aiming to tender 2×15MHz in the 700MHz band (three concessions for 2×5MHz each), 2×35MHz in the 1800MHz band (seven, 2×5MHz), 2×190MHz in the 2600MHz band (19, 2×10MHz) and 2700MHz in 26GHz (27, 100MHz).