Three Private Networks Qualify for Thai 3G License Auction

Thailand’s three largest private mobile networks have all qualified in pre-bidding tests for the country’s long delayed 3G licenses. The three are AIS, DTAC and True Corp.

However, no new foreign companies will be participating in the auction, the telecoms regulator, the NBTC has confirmed. Disqualified applicants have three days to appeal.

Subject to no more last minute delays, the auction is now due to take place on the 16th October.

The reserve price per 5-MHz block of radio spectrum remains unchanged at 4.5 billion baht (US$130 million). A total of nine blocks are up for sale.

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