Thai newspaper The Nation reports that Real Move, the True Corp subsidiary which provides 3G mobile services under the True Move H brand, has achieved a breakthrough in gaining additional phone numbers needed for its continued customer growth, as its network partner CAT Telecom has agreed to allow True to pay the state-owned telco’s overdue numbering fees to the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC). According to CAT and Real Move sources, the NBTC’s telecom committee this week decided to grant an additional 1.75 million numbers to CAT, which will pass on a large portion to Real Move, dependent on CAT paying its dues. The NBTC is reportedly expecting an official letter from CAT to confirm that True (Real Move) is funding the payment. True Move H currently has around three million HSPA 850MHz-based 3G subscribers and targets a total of four million by year-end, which would take it up to its existing maximum numbering capacity. CAT has withheld fee payments (and consequently number transfers to True) whilst its public-private 3G network partnership with True remains under state investigation.
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