NBTC may reschedule 1800MHz tender

20 Jun 2018

The National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) is planning to reschedule the auction for spectrum in the 850MHz and 1800MHz bands before the expiry of DTAC’s concessions in September this year, thus giving the operator a chance to avoid the shutdown of the 2G networks, The Bangkok Post writes. The move comes after the regulator cancelled the tender earlier this week as none of the country’s three largest mobile network operators (MNOs) submitted bid documents. True Move, Thailand’s second largest wireless operator by subscribers, confirmed in May that it would not participate in the auction, claiming that it had sufficient bandwidth in a number of spectrum bands to provide its services. Total Access Communication (DTAC) and AIS followed suit with their respective announcements on 16 June. The NBTC board is expected to discuss the rescheduling of the tender on 27 June.

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