Court prevents TOT exerting ‘regulatory’ power over TT&T

2 Mar 2009

Thailand’s Supreme Administrative Court has issued a decision denying state-run telco TOT any supervisory control over privately owned competitor TT&T after ruling that the National Telecoms Commission (NTC) is the sole body with regulatory power in the sector. The judgment confirmed an earlier Administrative Court ruling that said that, as a corporatised entity, TOT has no regulatory authority over TT&T, despite the fact that the provincial fixed line and broadband provider operates under a build-transfer-operate (BTO) revenue sharing licence held by TOT. TT&T first launched the court case in 2005 following the establishment of the NTC as independent regulator and the corporatisation of TOT. TT&T, like fellow private operator True, has since established several subsidiaries and associated companies to operate various telecoms services outside of the BTO concession framework. The most recent legal announcement rejected a claim by TOT that it retained regulatory powers under a Joint Operation Agreement and the Telegraph & Telephone Acts, on the grounds that full autonomous powers were transferred to the NTC by the Frequency Allocation, Broadcasting & Telecommunication Supervision Act, to ensure free and fair competition.

Thailand,TOT, Triple T Broadband (3BB),


Subscribe to CommsUpdate to get the day’s top telecom headlines delivered to your email.

Subscribe to CommsUpdate


Have feedback, corrections, or story ideas? Send them to

Browse Past Issues


Filter CommsUpdate by the following categories or use the search.


Visit our help page information on performing advanced searches, including how to restrict the results by country or company.


CommsUpdate is an outstanding advertising venue for companies seeking to reach:

  • International carriers
  • Wholesale service providers
  • Equipment and software vendors
  • Telecom investors
  • Regulators

Learn more about advertising on CommsUpdate.