Thai Network Granted More Time to Migrate Customers to 3G Service

Thailand’s True Move has been given more time to migrate the remaining 6 million customers from an older concession network to its own 3G service.

The regulator said that it was able to extend the deadline after the government decided to delay the auction of the radio spectrum currently being used by True Move. That had been expected to take place later this year, but the political turmoil in the country has — not unexpectedly — resulted in a delay.

True Move was due to have completed the migration from the old concession to its own 3G network by last September, but was given a one-year extension as the spectrum was still available.

It has now been told an extension will be offered beyond this September, although the details are still to be finalized.

The mobile network has around 6 million customers left on its 1800 MHz based concession service, although that it down on the 17 million it had on the service last October.

Although the company now has more time to migrate the customers, it is keen to speed up the process as the revenues will soon cease to cover the operating costs of the older service.

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