Thai state-run telco CAT Telecom has requested permission to postpone the deadline for amending its 3G network operating partnership contract with True Corp for a month, as it needs more time to gather details and make the contract language as clear as possible to ensure the agreement is legally secure. As reported by the Bangkok Post, the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) will submit CAT’s postponement request to its telecoms committee this Thursday. In June the NBTC ordered CAT to alter key points in the HSPA wholesale/retail agreements signed in January 2011, and CAT was required to finalise the amendments for NBTC approval by the end of last week. The regulator found that under law, the contract must stipulate that CAT has full authority to manage its 850MHz spectrum and has full management control of the network operations centre (both ceded to True Corp units under the original agreement), while mobile data usage and call records must be owned by CAT, and the contract must give CAT exclusive authority over decisions on frequency planning, network rollouts and network operations. CEO of CAT, Kittisak Sriprasert, said discussions were ongoing with True, but ‘a resolution is expected soon, as we’re awaiting some details for making a final decision.’
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