NBTC finalizes terms of 700-MHz auction

17 May 2019

Thailand's National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission has finalized the proposed terms of next month's 700-MHz auction, and has briefed the prime minister on the progress with the sale.

The regulator plans to commence the sale of three slots of 700-MHz spectrum on June 19, the Nationreported.

The three slots will each have a base price of 17.584 billion baht ($555.05 billion) for 10MHz of bandwidth, which can be payable in up to 10 instalments.

Last month the NBTC announced relief measures for the three owners of 900-MHz licenses by agreeing to split the license fees into 10 instalments instead of the current four. But a condition of taking advantage of the larger number of instalments will be purchasing one of the 700-MHz slots.

According to the report, the three 900-MHz license holders - AIS, TrueMove and dtac – have expressed an interest in taking advantage of the relief measures, but are waiting on more terms of the 700-MHz allocation before making a decision.

But True Move has previously indicated it does not plan to take part in the 700-MHz auction, although it has been pushing for an extension on its 900-MHz license payments.

Proceeds from the sale will be used to compensate six digital TV broadcasters which have agreed to return their licenses to the regulator.

A public hearing on the draft terms of the 700-MHz allocation will be held next week.

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