Thailand’s National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) has reiterated a final deadline of 15 September 2014 to mobile operators True Corp and Advanced Info Service (AIS) to shut down the 1800MHz 2G mobile services operated respectively by their True Move and Digital Phone Co (DPC) units. However, the regulator also stated that the pair should migrate their customers away from the 1800MHz GSM networks earlier than that, by the end of July 2014 – ahead of the NBTC’s auctioning of the frequencies in August under technology-neutral licences. The latest directive was confirmed by NBTC secretary-general Takom Tantasit, as reported by the Bangkok Post. The True Move 2G 1800MHz network reportedly still has approximately seven million users, down from around 17 million half a year ago, while the migration is only a minor issue for AIS’ small DPC unit, as there are reportedly only 13,000 remaining users on the network. The two 2G services are operating under twelve-month concession extensions after their build-transfer-operate (BTO) concessions expired in September last year.
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