Aug. 21--The cabinet acknowledged yesterday the two state telecom enterprises' proposals to keep certain frequencies for their own services in order to survive after their cellular concessions end.
The acknowledgement supported a recent idea proposed by the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) minister, asking the national telecom regulator to find a way to let CAT use DTAC's 25 megahertz of unused spectrum on the 1,800-MHz band for its own service.
Takorn Tantasit, secretary-general of the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC), said ICT Minister Gp Capt Anudith Nakornthap is scheduled to discuss this issue with the regulator on Monday.
"The discussion will focus on finding ways to allow both CAT and TOT to hold some spectrum for their own services," he said.
The NBTC may have to ask DTAC if the company will return the unused 25 MHz of bandwidth on the 1800-MHz spectrum.
DTAC holds the right to operate 50 MHz bandwidth of the 1800-MHz frequency under a concession with CAT, which is due to end in 2018.
CAT wants to provide network service as part of its plan to become a network service provider after its concessions end.
CAT chief executive Kittisak Sriprasert said the company needs spectrum to survive after concessions end.
Mobile leader Advanced Info Service's concession with TOT will expire in 2015. TOT also wants to keep the right to use the 2300-MHz spectrum, which is unused.
The Frequency Allocation Act stipulated that spectrum must be returned to the NBTC for reallocation via auction after concessions end.
Jesada Srivaraks, secretary to the NBTC's vice-chairman, said the ICT minister's proposal is highly impractical as it violates a concession agreement between DTAC and CAT.
"We would not split the unused portion and give it to CAT, as the 50-MHz frequency was packed together under a single concession contract," said Mr Jesada.
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