"Sales of 4G licences will not only stimulate network investments from mobile operators but also benefit the overall economy and customers nationwide," newly appointed chief executive
The planned 4G-spectrum auction has been temporarily suspended by the junta.
Competition in the local mobile market will intensify in the second half of this year as mobile users seek higher data speeds and more sophisticated apps and gadgets.
He acknowledged that the suspended auction would affect AIS the most, as the company would have the least amount of spectra once its concession with
The chief executive said the delay would also create a lost opportunity for the country, industry and customers, as they would miss a chance to experience super-fast wireless broadband service.
AIS has 42 million subscribers, 26.5 million of whom are 3G customers.
Col Settapong Malisuwan, chairman of the NBTC's telecom committee, said the panel believed 4G could generate hundreds of billions of baht for telecommunications-related industries and the overall economy.
He said the big three mobile operators ? AIS, DTAC and True Move ? invested
More than 25% of
AIS shares (ADVANC) closed yesterday on the Stock Exchange of
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