17 companies from eleven groups picked up application forms for Thailand’s imminent 3G mobile licence auction by the 27 September deadline, the Bangkok Post reports, although it is widely expected that only the three incumbent private sector cellcos AIS, DTAC and True will submit serious bids in the mid-October sale. The list of companies taking documents included three each from AIS and True groups, two each from DTAC and Jasmine International (which includes units providing fixed broadband and mobile resale). In addition, forms were taken by: ACT Mobile (a subsidiary of state-owned telco TOT, currently Thailand’s sole 2100MHz licence holder); BB Connect of the Benchachinda Group – the former owner of DTAC; Cable Thai Holding – a cable TV operator owned by Wichai Thongtang, a former lawyer for deposed prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra; Jaya Soft Vision, a subsidiary of the telecom solutions firm JRW Utility; Victory Motor, owned by Yuthana Phothasuthon; Symphony Communication; and Tantawan Telecommunication. Companies wishing to participate in the 3G spectrum auction must submit their application forms today (28 September).
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