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3G services within a year ????
« on: March 24, 2010, 05:45:47 PM »
"" Bangkok Post 24.03.2010""

NTC promises 3G service within a year

    * Published: 24/03/2010 at 12:00 AM
    * Newspaper section: Business

The new National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) board will make its first priority to hold the 3G licence auction and to fend off political interference, says member Suranant Wongwittayakamchorn.

The board will go ahead with the auction and make the arrival of high-speed mobile broadband services a key indicator of its performance, he said.

The auctions have been delayed several times because of questions about the NTC's legal authority.

The draft terms for the auction are still not 100% complete although several public hearings have been held in major cities, including two hearings in Bangkok at the end of last year, he said.

The 3G draft will be updated at a new hearing held by the NTC, and not by its financial consultant as on previous occasions, he said.

Next week the NTC will invite three of its former board members to brief the board on information that could affect the 3G auction process, he added.

In his view, the NTC as a national regulator must be independent and must set clear objectives, regardless of current political instability. The NTC should keep free from politics and should not care which party is in power, he said.

In a recent seminar the Office of the Attorney-General and the Lawyers Association of Thailand both said the NTC should wait for the new Frequency Allocation Law - now being scrutinised by Parliament and the new National Broadcasting and Telecommunication Board (NBTC) - before holding the 3G auction. But Mr Suranant described this opinion as one view among several at the seminar.

The NTC board will make its own decision if all the conditions for going ahead with the auction are met, he said.

True Move chief executive Supachai Chearavanont said the NTC board should encourage 3G commercial service with HSPA technology on frequencies for which private operators have permission from their state concession owners.

He said the 3G auction should also be expedited as the market is ready.

True Move has 100,000 registered 3G customers after a trial commercial service using HSPA technology on the 850 MHz spectrum permitted by CAT.

Scource: Original Post "Bangkok Post"

Hope they really stay for there promise!

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