NBTC endorses terms for the auction of 900 MHz and 1800 MHz spectrum

The board of the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission has approved a draft announcement of the terms and licenses for the auction of 900 MHz and 1900 MHz spectrum, said NBTC secretary-general Takorn Tantasith on Wednesday (Nov 8).

Once the draft announcement has gone through public hearings process and a green-light was received from the Council of State, he expected the terms of the auction to be announced next January with auction to be held in May and licenses to be issued one month afterward.

For the 900 MHz bandwidth, Mr Takorn said that there will be only one license which will last 15 years and the minimum bidding price is to be set at 37,988 million baht.

This minimum price quotation was set by the telecom panel two years ago. Each new bid will be increased by 76 million baht.

Successful bidder will be required to pay the concession fee in four instalments in four years: 4,020 million baht for the first instalment, 2,010 million baht each for the third and fourth instalments.

Also, the successful bidder will be required to set up network covering 50 percent of the population in four years and 80 percent coverage in eight years.

For the 1800 MHz, there will be three licenses – each will last 15 years and the minimum bidding price is set at 37,457 million baht.  Payments for the license fees are divided into three instalments in three years.

Successful bidders will be required to set up network covering 40 percent of the population in four years and 50 percent coverage in eight years.