NBTC rules out shortening 900-MHz bidding rounds

18 Nov 2015

Thailand's NBTC has ruled out reducing the bidding interval time for next month's 900-MHz auction to avoid a repeat of last week's marathon 1800-MHz auction.

Members of the commission had suggested shortening the bid phase to 10 minutes from 20 minutes, after the 1,800-MHz process lasted an unprecedented 33 hours of intense bidding.

But the regulator's telecom committee has rejected the proposal after determining that it would require changes to the existing draft, which would in turn delay the auction, the Bangkok Postreported.

The regulator is considering changing the end time for the auction to 8pm from 10am, with plans to resume the auction at 10am the next day if bidding does not conclude by this time.

The NBTC may also reserve four floors of a hotel for bidders to get some rest, placing restrictions on electronic communication to prohibit any collusion.

Bidding for the 1800-MHz auction was unexpectedly competitive, with thee auction raising a total of 80.78 billion baht ($2.24 billion) through the issue of two 15 MHz 4G licenses. The 900-MHz auction could prove to be just as intense.

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