- June 13th, 2012
- Robert Zak
Thailand’s National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) has set a reserve price of around 4 billion baht ($126.6 million) for each of the nine 5MHz slots available for auction in the country’s 3G spectrum.
The country has had trouble getting operators to begin operating their 3G networks commercially using improved 2100Mhz Band, but constant legal and internal disputes have prevented this from being pushed ahead.
Now, however, it looks like the auction will finally be going ahead. Col. Settapong, chairman of the NBTC’s telecom committee said “An exact reserve price with a new draft of the information memorandum for the 3G auction will definitely be released by the committee this month.”
The event itself will be an ascending-bid auction, in which each participant can acquire up to 20 MHz of the bandwidth.
Thailand is seen as one of the major developing markets for smartphone manufacturers to gain a foothold in. An overall increase in mobile broadband capabilities would inevitably increase the interest major mobile manufacturers are showing in the country.
[Source: Bangkok Post]