Thailand’s National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) has rejected a request from TV broadcaster MCOT for permission to launch IPTV over 2600MHz wireless frequencies, as it did not follow the correct submission procedure. The Nation newspaper quotes the NBTC’s telecoms committee chairman Setta-pong Malisuwan as saying that MCOT must file another application for the licence, including full details of the IPTV service and how the 2.6GHz spectrum will be utilised, including the ownership and management of the spectrum. Settapong added that, as per NBTC’s spectrum management master plan, the 2.6GHz spectrum is earmarked for providing telecom services, not broadcasting services, and that the regulator also planned to reallocate the 2.6GHz band, along with the 2.3GHz, 900MHz and 1800MHz spectra, via auction, after the long-delayed 2100MHz 3G mobile auction is completed in October. The report notes that some pay-TV operators have previously been granted rights to use 2.6GHz spectrum for broadcasting using Multichannel Multipoint Distribution Service (MMDS) technology.
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