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Thailand threatens to end CAT’s licence
22 June 2012
Thailand regulator says state-owned CAT may lose 3G licence over network sharing deal with True
Thailand’s telecom regulator, the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission, has given CAT Telecom 30 days to revise its 3G deal with rival operator True, Reuters reported. State-owned CAT’s 3G licence could be cancelled if it is unable to comply and amend its contracts.
The NBTC said the deals between CAT and True go against a 2010 law which calls for 3G licence holders and spectrum owners to handle spectrum rights on their own. The NBTC telecom committee’s chairman, Settapong Malisuwan, said that CAT must use the 850 megahertz band for its own equipment and devices and retain full management control of the network operations centre.
The contract must also specify that CAT has the sole authority to decide on frequency planning, network rollouts and network operations, along with negotiations with other telecom operators over interconnection and inbound domestic roaming charges.
CAT’s chief executive, Kittisak Sriprasert, said the companies have been discussing on an agreement which may eliminate NBTC’s concerns — by buying an infrastructure company, BKFT, back from True. GTB
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