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Thailand Issues 3G Licenses
Source: futuregov.asia
Source Date: Monday, December 10, 2012
Focus: Institution and HR Management
Country: Thailand
Created: Dec 17, 2012

Ending the long-awaited licences for 3G, Thailand’s National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) on December 7 granted the spectrum licences to the three mobile operators to begin the services.

The NBTC’s five-member telecom committee last week voted 4-1 to award license for the 2.1-gigahertz spectrum to the three bid winners of the slots which are Advance Info Service (AIS), Total Access Communication (DTAC), and Real Future of True (TRUE), to provide third-generation broadband cellular service, said Committee Chairman Settapong Malisuwan.

According to him, the telecom committee will also require them to offer low 3G service tariffs, with 15 per cent lower than the average of both voice and data tariff fees of all telecom operators. This condition relates to the 2.1GHz licensing regulations that the licence holders must offer fair tariffs and ensure service quality.

“Mobile-phone tariffs had already dropped by 10 per cent, while the 3G licence holders would have lower regulatory costs, which could enable them to operate the 15-per-cent reduction,” added Malisuwan.

The license started on December 7, and will last 15 years with the expiry date set at December 6, 2027. The NBTC office will call in the three companies to receive licences this week.
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