NBTC slams TOT’s 2300MHz proposal

Jason McGee-Abe
Published on:

The Thai regulator has rejected the first draft of state-owned operator TOT’s plan to develop a mobile broadband service on its existing 2300MHz spectrum, claiming it lacks strategic planning or focus

The National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) said it had given TOT an additional 90 days to create a new draft business plan, but rejected the first submission, according to reports from the Bangkok Post.

TOT now has until November to come up with a suitable plan, or face having some of its bandwidth recalled. NBTC’s telecom committee can withdraw spectrum under Section 27 of the Frequency Allocation Act 2010 if a provider fails to use the bandwidth efficiently.

NBTC commissioner Prawit Leesathapornwongsa criticised the first draft of the plan, saying it lacked several key practical elements, including a mobile network deployment plan, a timeline for a commercial launch of 3G/4G services, and a clear roadmap for spectrum planning and usage.

"TOT was given an additional 90 days to create a new draft business plan and resubmit it to the committee for reconsideration," said Leesathapornwongsa.

"If TOT still fails to come up with a clear business plan in November, we might consider recalling some of its bandwidth on the 2300MHz spectra to reallocate it for other public uses.”