After several years of stop-start negotiations, Thai state-owned telco CAT has formally agreed to allow private sector operator DTAC to return an unused 2×5MHz portion of mobile spectrum to the National Broadcasting & Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) for re-auction in November this year, the Bangkok Post reports. The return of the 2×5MHz block – which is part of an original allocation of frequencies under a build-transfer-operate (BTO) concession issued by CAT to DTAC – will increase the total bandwidth up for grabs in the 4G auction to 2×30MHz, which could be split into two 2×15MHz allocations to maximise the usage of the frequency, ICT Minister Pornchai Rujiprapa was quoted as saying. Deputy Prime Minister Pridiyathorn Devakula yesterday affirmed that 1800MHz and 900MHz frequency sales would take place in November and December respectively. Backing up this statement, Sittichai Pokaiya-udom, a member of the national digital economy committee, said the panel chaired by Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha acknowledged the NBTC’s planned 4G auctions, with no member opposing the details.
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