Chief executive Kittisak Sriprasert blamed the delay on the failure to complete installation of its billing system for prepaid service.
Last November CAT signed a 12-year contract with 365 Communication Co to help the government provide 3G service on the state's 850-megahertz spectrum under the MVNO model. Under the 12-year contract,
An MVNO is a company that provides services but does not have its own mobile network.
"We need another six months to complete our billing software system for an MVNO," said Mr Kittisak, with 3G commercial service for MVNO set to begin by August.
The system is designed to serve new MVNO companies who obtained a type 1 licence from the
Surin Ritteepamorn, chief executive of 365 Communication, said the delay would have little impact on its business plan. He said earlier an MVNO must not compete directly with mobile operators, rather positioning itself as a mobile distributor for services in a niche market.
An MVNO with attractive applications and content offerings could survive when its subscriber base reaches 100,000, he said.
365 Communication also failed to deposit a guarantee of
Mr Kittisak said
"Mobile business will represent our core revenue stream," he added.
The state telecom expects concession revenue of
In comparison, wireless business is expected to contribute revenue of 35 billion this year, up from 25.5 billion last year, surging to 42.6 billion in 2015 and 49.2 billion in 2016.
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