Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Thailand - 3G services this year - regulator

[bangkok post] The 3G mobile services should be fully launched in Thailand before the end of this year after four new commissioners of the National Telecommunication Commission (NTC) have been royally endorsed, NTC member Prasit Prapinmongkolkarn said on Tuesday.

The four new commissioners are former Budget Bureau director Bandhoon Supakavanich, NTC's cable TV working committee chairman Pana Thongmeearkom, ex-TOT executive Natee Sukonrat and former NTC secretary-general Suranan Wongvithayakamjorn. Mr Prasit, Mr Sudharma Yoonaidharma and Mr Suchart Suchatvejapoom are three existing commissioners.

Mr Prasit said the next step was for all seven commissioners will select a chairman.

"The new NTC team will continue working on the remaining tasks such as frequency allocation in an effort to put the 3G services in place within this year.

"Radio frequencies are national property and if they are not being used no benefits or developments would be produced," Mr Prasit said.

The WIMAX broadband access project will also be continued, and will replace cable and DSL services in many areas of the country, he said.

NTC: 3G services by this year

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