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    8 firms lining up for 3G license bidding

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    8 firms lining up for 3G license bidding

    BANGKOK, 18 August 2010 (NNT) – At least 8 telecommunication service companies have already bought the 3G license tenders from the National Telecommunication Commission (NTC) in order to participate in the bidding to operate the third-generation mobile-phone technology.

    Dr. Natee Sukonrat, a commissioner of the NTC, revealed that the 8 companies to take part in the 3G license auction include DTAC, I-Mobile, Jasmine International, AIS, True Corporation and its subsidiaries.

    The NTC will accept the license tenders from interested bidders on 30 August and will process them during 1-15 September. The actual auction will take place from 20-28 September.

    Dr Natee said if the bidding goes as planned and the winners turn out to be the old 2G network operators, he expected the 3G to be fully in service by the end of this year. However, the service could be delayed by another 3-4 years if the bidding could not get off the ground in September.
    "Slavery is the daughter of darkness; an ignorant people is the blind instrument of its own destruction; ambition and intrigue take advantage of the credulity and inexperience of men who have no political, economic or civil knowledge. They mistake pure illusion for reality, license for freedom, treason for patriotism, vengeance for justice."-Simón Bolívar

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    NTC to hold 3G license bidding as scheduled despite vast interest

    BANGKOK, 25 August 2010 (NNT) – The National Telecommunication Commission (NTC) insists it will accept tenders for the 3G license bidding on 30 Aug as scheduled and will also retain the opening bid price at 12.8 billion THB to attract smaller auctioneers.

    A commissioner of the NTC, Dr. Natee Sukonrat, said the NTC would follow the original schedule – that is to offer tenders until 29 August and to accept them from interested bidders on 30 August. The tenders will then be processed during 1-15 September while the actual auction will take place from 20-28 September. So far, 16 companies have expressed their interest to bid for the third-generation mobile-phone technology license, known as 3G.

    However, Dr Natee said the NTC did not intend to raise the auction price up as suggested by the Upper House. The NTC has clarified to the Senate on the decision made, claiming that the increase in the price would only discourage small and medium operators from taking part in the bidding.


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    Could explain why JAS touched fivefold on SET in the past weeks and doubled in just a few days. It shouldn't be 3G because the other bidders were just inching up, and also not TT&T's (JAS owns 25%) zillion baht award over TOT, because TT&T has also only inched up.

    I got a nasty feeling retail investors are going to be sucked in by the hype and lose big time.

    If anyone on here is invested in this lottery, keep your nose glued to the screen and your finger on the sell button.

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    Bangkok Post : NTC frets over collusion

    NTC frets over collusion

    Bidders barred from meeting after Aug 30
    • Published: 26/08/2010 at 12:00 AM
    • Newspaper section: Business

    The National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) has warned private telecom operators against any act that might be construed as colluding or inappropriate disclosures relating to pricing and 3G auction information after Aug 30 or face criminal charges and have their deposits confiscated.
    Aug 30 is the deadline for all bidders for 3G mobile broadband licences to submit their applications.

    NTC commissioner Col Natee Sukonrat said that after that date, all bidders would be prohibited from giving or exchanging information on the bidding, such as the amounts of money they planned to bid or set aside for the purpose. Such acts would be regarded as collusion, a criminal offence, and their deposits of 1.28 billion baht each would be seized.

    The purpose of the rule is to ensure fairness in the competition and to protect the country's interest, he said, adding that the ban also applied to their representatives.

    From that date, the operators will have to be cautious about meeting one another or other bidders even under informal circumstances. They cannot talk to the press or give interviews about budgets for the auction, he said.

    To ensure fairness and transparency in the auction, the NTC is asking the police, the Department of Special Investigation, the Anti-Money Laundering Office, and the Information and Communications Technology Ministry to help.

    So far, 17 telecom companies have bought bidding documents, according to the NTC.

    They include the three largest mobile operators - Advanced Info Service (AIS), DTAC and True Move - and their subsidiaries or sister companies. Ultimately, the trio will be allowed to bid under only one entity each.

    The unexpected contenders are Samart I-Mobile and Loxley Plc, the subcontractors providing 3G services for TOT Plc under mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) contracts.

    Bidding documents are available until Sunday and the applicants deciding to enter the auction must submit their proposals by Monday. Each will have to deposit a bank guarantee of 1.28 billion baht, 10% of the reserve bidding price of 12.8 billion baht per licence, to the NTC.

    As widely predicted, True Move and DTAC have decided to bid through new subsidiaries, possibly to shift from the revenue-sharing concession system that is their current business model, to the licensing system.

    Real Move Co, a 98.91%-owned subsidiary of True Corporation, the parent company of True Move, and DTAC Internet Services Co, a wholly owned unit of DTAC, are the first two applicants for the Sept 20 auction.

    AIS, the largest mobile operator, has not yet named the company to bid for a licence, pending approval from its board, according to CEO Wichian Mektrakarn. Its subsidiary AWN also bought the bidding documents.

    But Samart's participation now hangs in the balance after its partner, Axiata Group of Malaysia, denied reports that it may join the bid for the Thai licence with Samart. Axiata chief financial officer Yusof Annuar Yaacob recently denied the reports.

    Sigve Brekke, CEO of Telenor Asia, said DTAC was working out the best solution for the auction as well as the bidding price.

    Even though the reserve bidding price is high, Mr Brekke said DTAC was determined to contest, but with a "ceiling price" it has yet to determine.

    Suphachai Chearavanont, president and CEO of True Corp, said Real Move was ready to by itself without the need for a foreign partner. The company would resume negotiating with prospective partners once the auction ends.

    Real Move planned to allow a foreign partner to acquire only 25% at most, he said. But it would allow foreign holdings up to a maximum of 49% if it needed more funds, he added.

    The company yesterday named Siam Commercial Bank as a financial adviser and financial supporter of its 3G project.

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    Quote Originally Posted by keda View Post
    Could explain why JAS touched fivefold on SET in the past weeks and doubled in just a few days. It shouldn't be 3G because the other bidders were just inching up, and also not TT&T's (JAS owns 25%) zillion baht award over TOT, because TT&T has also only inched up.

    I got a nasty feeling retail investors are going to be sucked in by the hype and lose big time.

    If anyone on here is invested in this lottery, keep your nose glued to the screen and your finger on the sell button.

    Good catch. Up from 0.49 in early July to 1.74 on Tuesday. Volume over a billion shares every day (compared to 100 to 200 million). Appears to be some mild profit taking yesterday, down 0.10 with some 3 billion shares traded.

    Only thing I can see is the volume started increasing about the time the company announced a new broadband subscription campaign in early August. But it was already up over 50% by that time.

    All I can assume is foreign investors are buying into it as the broadband market in Thailand is certainly one that has a lot of room to grow.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Thaihome View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by keda View Post
    Could explain why JAS touched fivefold on SET in the past weeks and doubled in just a few days. It shouldn't be 3G because the other bidders were just inching up, and also not TT&T's (JAS owns 25%) zillion baht award over TOT, because TT&T has also only inched up.

    I got a nasty feeling retail investors are going to be sucked in by the hype and lose big time.

    If anyone on here is invested in this lottery, keep your nose glued to the screen and your finger on the sell button.

    Good catch. Up from 0.49 in early July to 1.74 on Tuesday. Volume over a billion shares every day (compared to 100 to 200 million). Appears to be some mild profit taking yesterday, down 0.10 with some 3 billion shares traded.

    Only thing I can see is the volume started increasing about the time the company announced a new broadband subscription campaign in early August. But it was already up over 50% by that time.

    All I can assume is foreign investors are buying into it as the broadband market in Thailand is certainly one that has a lot of room to grow.
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    It broke 2 baht yesterday before falling back.

    I agree about the comms boom/bubble, and have been buddies with CSL for more than 5 years; in and out, always paid off, now dug in for the long haul.

    JAS was my nemesis in early 2006, made a fair profit, sold the lot whilst being 'distracted' just before leaving for the sticks for a week, came back and was delighted to see it had tanked. Then checked my account and shock horror, instead of selling I had bought, effectively doubling up! Been eying it suspiciously ever since.

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    Parliament committee in telecommunications bus crash at Singburi returning to Bangkok in heavy rain; two dead, 25 injured

    Parliament committee in telecommunications bus crash at Singburi

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    NTC anti-collusion rule on 3G bid seen as 'ridiculous'

    Stakes high as 3G auction nears



    The anti-collusion order issued by the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) barring bidders from disclosing or exchanging information on 3G bidding to the press and other bidders after today is "ridiculous", says an independent telecom expert.


    The NTC would be the only telecom regulator in the world imposing such non-professional criteria, said Anuparb Thiralarp.

    "I cannot find any reason to support the contention that a ban could end theoretical possibilities for collusion," he said. "The particular ban on talking to the press or giving interviews about the auction is also unreasonable and useless."

    The NTC last week warned operators against any act that might be construed as colluding or inappropriate disclosures related to pricing and 3G auction information after Aug 30.

    It said bidders that violate the ban could face criminal charges and have their deposits of 1.28 billion baht confiscated.

    Today is the deadline for all bidders for 3G mobile broadband licences to submit their applications. The NTC hopes to hold the auction later in September.

    Operators have been told they will also have to be cautious about meeting one another or other bidders, even under informal circumstances. They cannot talk to the press or give interviews about budgets for the auction.

    The purpose of the rule is to ensure fairness in the competition and to protect the country's interest, and the ban also applied to the NTC representatives, the regulator said.

    If it really wanted to effectively prevent collusion, Mr Anuparb said, the NTC should have previously declared specific bidding methods and procedures that referenced clearer bidding rules and conditions.

    Then, the authority would have been able to choose the best ways to prepare for any potential of collusion.

    "What the NTC has worked out for 3G so far is not based on a foundation of real knowledge, but stems from an enforced timeframe dealing with the problem on a day-to-day basis," he said.

    Mr Anuparb said a public interest-based auction method should be used, where the winning bidders promise to provide highest benefits to the country and to end-users.

    It would also encourage development of the telecoms infrastructure in rural areas in line with requirements for universal service obligation investments to reduce the digital divide, he said.

    Athueck Asvanont, the vice-chairman of True Corp, said the ban was becoming very worrisome to the company's management as it was not clear what would be construed as collusion, and what activities could lead to disqualification.

    True has around 100 executives, consultants, legal and finance professionals handling its 3G auction process.

    To avoid any possible risks, he said True CEO Suphachai Chearavanont decided to postpone a roadshow for meeting with investment representatives and analysts, initially planned to start in September.

    Mr Athueck added: "Let's say someone saw me talking to a reporter on Sept 2 but they don't know what our discussions were about. Then, the reporter wrote an article relating to 3G licences in the newspaper relating to our talks two months ago.

    "I could be disqualified and how we can prove our innocence?"

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    Parliament committee in telecommunications bus crash at Singburi returning to Bangkok in heavy rain; two dead, 25 injured

    Parliament committee in telecommunications bus crash at Singburi
    see here : http://teakdoor.com/thailand-and-asi...ml#post1541286 (Two killed as bus overturns)

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    Bangkok Post : Only three 3G bidders

    Only three 3G bidders

    No surprises as foreign firms stay away
    • Published: 31/08/2010 at 12:09 AM
    • Online news: Local News
    Thailand's 3G mobile phone services inched closer to reality Monday when the three leading mobile operators submitted bid documents for the licence auction scheduled for Sept 20.

    Monday was the deadline the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) set for all interested firms to submit their bidding documents with the required 500,000 baht 3G processing fee and 1.28 billion baht bank guarantee as a deposit.



    A DTAC executive submits a 1.28-billion-baht cheque to NTC officials as required as a bank guarantee of 10% of the reserve bid price for a 3G licence. As predicted, the three existing private 2G mobile operators - Advanced Info Service (AIS), DTAC and True Move - were the only bidders without international competition. (Photo by Surapol Promsaka Na Sakolnakorn)

    Win Win NGV submitted their documents as a fourth firm, but was disqualified when it failed to include the 1.28 billion baht deposit and letter of intent. As predicted, the three existing private 2G mobile operators - Advanced Info Service (AIS), DTAC and True Move - were the only bidders without international competition.

    The absence of an international bidder is likely to ensure the bidding will be conservative and winning bids lower than expected.

    AIS subsidiary Advance Wireless Network was the first to submit, followed by DTAC Internet Service and Real Move, a subsidiary of True Move.

    AIS placed a bank guarantee with Bangkok Bank, while DTAC used HSBC Bank and Real Move posted Siam Commercial Bank for its bank guarantee.

    Win Win NGV is a Thai-owned importer and assembler of NGV-equipped vehicles. It belongs to the children of Prasit Pothasuthon, a senator for Suphanburi province and chairman of the Senate Committee for Science, Technology, Communications and Telecommunications.

    Mr Prasit is a strong opponent of the NTC's 3G auction, accusing it of offering too low a starting price. He suggested a possible price of 330 billion baht after earlier studies by a research organisation.

    Mr Prasit even asked the National Anti-Corruption Commission to investigate alleged irregularities in handling the 3G auction.

    But Mr Prasit's son, Yuthana Pothasuthon, an adviser for Win Win, said his company had no intention of becoming a nominee for anyone as speculated. "We truly want to enter the 3G auction as we expect the business will create a new revenue stream and make a profit."
    He did not elaborate on business plans or prospective partners.

    "We have no intention of making any problems for the auction or the NTC," said Mr Yuthana.

    He said he misunderstood that the bank guarantee and letter of intent could be submitted to the NTC two or three days after the deadline.

    Meanwhile Samart I-Mobile scrapped its plan to bid, saying it wanted to focus on strengthening existing mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) service for TOT Plc. The handset flagship distributor of Samart Corp said its decision was based on a study that concluded 3G investment was not worth the high investment cost and risks required.

    The three potential bidders now have to be screened to see if they meet the licence criteria. The NTC plans to announce the list of qualified bidders for the auction on Sept 15.

    The NTC will auction three licences with a reserve bid price of 12.8 billion baht. Each licence features a 15-year term with a 15-MHz bandwidth. It plans to spend 50 million baht to hold the auction on Sept 20 in Hua Hin broadcast on satellite TV.

    Col Natee Sukonrat, an NTC commissioner, said it will use an N-1 approach, meaning the number of licences will equal the number of bidders minus one. This approach is to ensure higher competition and potentially raise prices.

    A second auction is planned for remaining licences 90 days after the close of the first auction. The starting bid would be the wining price of the first auction.

    Col Natee said he believed foreign companies would participate in the second auction and were waiting to see a transparent first auction prior to participation.

    Anuparb Thiralarp, an independent telecom expert, said the absence of foreign participation in the 3G auction came as no surprise, given the confusion over many aspects of the bidding terms and lack of clarity about pricing and foreign shareholding regulations.

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    Quote Originally Posted by keda View Post
    Could explain why JAS touched fivefold on SET in the past weeks and doubled in just a few days. It shouldn't be 3G because the other bidders were just inching up, and also not TT&T's (JAS owns 25%) zillion baht award over TOT, because TT&T has also only inched up.

    I got a nasty feeling retail investors are going to be sucked in by the hype and lose big time.

    If anyone on here is invested in this lottery, keep your nose glued to the screen and your finger on the sell button.
    Now 1.22 after falling to 1.07 a few minutes ago, from 2.00 last week.

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    Telecom trade watched

    Focus on firms not entering 3G bids



    The Securities and Exchange Commission is looking into the share price movements of some listed telecom companies for evidence of speculation ahead of this month's 3G wireless broadband licence auction.


    The prices of the companies in question rose in a range of 17% to 60% in August but fell sharply yesterday after some of them failed to submit bid documents by Monday's deadline, said an SEC official who declined to be named.

    Eighteen companies picked up bidding documents from the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) from Aug 1-29 but only three submitted formal bids on Monday.

    As expected, they were the three mobile market leaders: Advanced Info Service, DTAC and True Move. Each submitted bid documents, a letter of intent, a 500,000-baht processing fee, and a deposit of 1.28 billion baht.

    Also submitting bid documents was an NGV equipment importer and assembler, Win Win NGV, owned by the children of a senator who strongly opposed the 3G auction, claiming the starting price was too low. However, it failed to produced the fee, letter of intent and cheque deposit and was disqualified.

    Other listed telecom businesses including Samart I Mobile, Loxley and Jasmine International did not submit bid documents. Some notified the SET that they saw the 3G business as high-risk.

    The SEC executive said Loxley was summoned to clarify its participation in the bid. (continued...)






    Industry and market executives conceded that investor speculation about which telecom companies might bid was probably inevitable ahead of Monday's deadline.

    Suranand Wongwittayakamjorn, an NTC commissioner, admitted it would be very difficult to prevent share speculation as the 3G auction was an open-bid platform.

    Over the past month, the share price of Jasmine International surged by 64%, Loxley shares rose 40% and Samart I-Mobile increased by 17%.

    Loxley shares fell 11% yesterday at the end of a volatile month, during which their price ranged from 2.08 to 3.04 baht, the peak reached on Monday.

    Jasmine shares (JAS) lost 7% to 1.33 baht, also in heavy trade worth 558.1 million baht.

    Shares of the three mobile leaders all fell yesterday as investors weighed the chances of each one in the Sept 20 auction, when only two licences will be available. A third licence would be auctioned later.

    True Corp shares fell 9.6% to 6.60 baht in heavy trade worth 981 million, AIS shares (ADVANC) fell 0.75 baht to 92.25, while DTAC was off 2.25 baht to 46.50 in heavy trade worth 1.24 billion baht.

    Suroj Lamsam, executive vice-president of Loxley, said his company had been genuinely interested in seeking a 3G licence, and there had been no intention of share speculation.

    He said Loxley had been unable to conclude talks with a prospective partner, an Asian-based telecom firm, because of concern about an NTC rule that would curb "foreign dominance" in the business.

    As well, he said, the company considered the deposit of 1.28 billion baht - 10% of the starting bid price - too high because the NTC could not guarantee that it would return the money if the 3G auction drags on.

    The timeframe for submitting bid applications was also very short given the project value. "All these factors made Loxley fail to meet the NTC deadline," he said.

    However, Mr Suroj said Loxley was still in talks with prospective partners for a joint venture to bid for a 3G licence in the second round if the outlook was good.

    Samart I-Mobile, meanwhile, said it decided not to bid and to focus instead on strengthening its existing 3G mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) service for TOT Plc.

    Jasmine International and its subsidiary Acumen declined to elaborate on why they did not bid.

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    Bangkok Post : NTC wary of auction fate


    NTC wary of auction fate

    But regulator insists 3G bid will go ahead



    The National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) is keeping a wary eye on what one member claims are politically motivated efforts to derail this month's highly anticipated auction of 3G mobile broadband licences.


    But the chairman of the auction committee insists the event will go ahead as scheduled on Sept 20 in Hua Hin, under unprecedented security provided by military and police personnel.

    Col Natee Sukolrat, who is also one of the seven NTC commissioners, said certain political interest groups had been trying to undermine the auction, working through nominees and using underground tactics.

    He said the first signs of resistance emerged when the regulator was drafting the auction rules, with some parties attempting to include rules that would most benefit themselves or business groups with which they were linked.

    However, he said the NTC had been careful to ensure that the final draft was fair and would not benefit any one group over any other.

    Because the auction rules have now been published in the Royal Gazette, there is no turning back.

    "This means the bidding process has to happen on the schedule. If the NTC ignores the schedule, it will be found guilty of violating Article 157 of the Constitution," said Col Natee.

    Three complaints about the auction process have been filed with the Administrative Court but all were dismissed, he said, adding that he expected more legal challenges to come.

    He also pointed to an attempt by Prasit Pothasuthon, chairman of the Senate committee on science, technology, communications and telecommunications, to bring a case to the National Counter Corruption Commission.

    Mr Prasit claimed that the 3G auction prices proposed by the NTC were too low.

    As well, the House committee on science, technology and communications last week suggested that the mobile operator DTAC be disqualified from the auction because it is more than 50 per cent foreign controlled - a claim that DTAC, the Commerce Ministry and the NTC have all rejected.

    The House committee is chaired by Chen Thaugsuban, a brother of Deputy Prime Minister Suthep Thaugsuban.

    Col Natee said the committee's disclosure at a press conference was distorted and directly affected DTAC shares in the market. "Who is to be held responsible for such fabricated news?"

    DTAC and its two mobile rivals - Advanced Info Service and True Move - are the only bidders in the auction and all are doing so through subsidiaries.

    All three bidders are now undergoing pre-qualification screening. Col Natee said the screening dealt only with whether the bidders met the NTC's basic qualifications and did not deal with technical qualifications or compliance with other laws.

    He expressed concern that as the auction drew near, more disruptive attempts would be made through the courts and legislative process, claiming that some people were pushing the state telecom enterprises TOT and CAT Telecom to file legal complaints.

    The 3G auction has been delayed for more than four years because of political instability as well as questions about the NTC's legal authority to conduct the event.

    Some parties now want to speed up final scrutiny of the new Frequency Allocation Law, which would replace the NTC with a new super-regulator, the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission.

    Col Natee said the draft law was currently ranked 30th on a list of legislation ready to be scrutinised in the House of Representatives after it was endorsed with changes in the Senate in May. Attempts to move the law up the list could be a sign of trouble, he added.

    "The battlefield has now moved from the NTC office on Phahon Yothin Soi 8 to the Finance Ministry and the Parliament."

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    Administrative Court refuses to issue injunction against 3G bidding

    The Central Administrative Court Monday dismissed CAT Plcs' request for it to issue an injunction to stop the on-going bidding to give two 3G licenses by the National Telecommunications Commission.

    CAT Plc submitted a petition to the court, seeking an order to annul the bidding and an injunction to suspend the on-going bidding until the courts make a ruling.

    But the court refused to issue the requested injunction.

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    Court hearing on CAT plea moved up to today

    By Usanee Mongkolporn
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    Published on September 15, 2010


    The Central Administrative Court has brought forward the hearing of a CAT Telecom petition to this afternoon following a request by the National Telecommunications Commission, which wants to clear the legal hurdle so that the first 3G-2.1GHz spectrum licence auction can begin on schedule next week.

    CAT is seeking an injunction against the NTC holding the auction.

    NTC member Natee Sukonrat will give testimony, accompanied by another commissioner, Sudharma Yoonaidharma.
    "We requested the moving up of the schedule as we want an answer as soon as possible on whether the bidding can proceed. We're confident in the transparency of the process and we're confident that all preparation has been made for the public benefit," Natee told reporters yesterday.

    In a separate development, ICT Minister Chuti Krairiksh yesterday expressed confidence that the auction would take place on September 20 as planned.

    On Monday, the NTC officially kicked off the bidding with the announcement of the qualified bidders. Three applicants - Advanced Info Service's Advanced Wireless Network, Total Access Communication's DTAC Internet Service and True Corp's Real Move - passed the prequalification process. The three contenders will take part in a rehearsal for the auction today and tomorrow.

    However, also on Monday, CAT filed a petition with the Central Administrative Court against the NTC's authority to grant 3G licences. The state enterprise also requested an injunction against the auction.

    The court rejected the request for an emergency hearing of the case against the NTC for conducting the auction without authority, but it agreed to hear CAT's motion for an injunction to temporarily halt the auction. It initially scheduled the hearing for tomorrow, but then agreed to move it forward at NTC's request.A source at TOT, another state enterprise which like CAT is also expected to suffer financially from the new frequency allocation, said TOT was considering whether it should take similar action to CAT.

    DBS Vickers Securities (Thailand) said in a research note that "in our view, it is quite positive that the court rejected the request for an emergency hearing, because the court seems to believe that the NTC has the authority to conduct the auction".

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    Why bother with 3G?

    3G is over 8 years old now. Why would they spend the $$ or €€ and not implement something newer, like 4G? By the time they get 3G rolled out, there will be 6G.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SBBear
    3G is over 8 years old now. Why would they spend the $$ or €€ and not implement something newer, like 4G?
    I think if you look into it you will find that it is about the freq and not a i"G" licence

    if you think 3g and 4g mean anything except marketing speak then you deserve your idevice

    CAT has had EVDO running for a while

    the next step is 2500 for 802.16e gear , though LTE might trump it because of the industry backing

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    Thailand falling further behind
    18/09/2010

    Investors bemoan legal complexity

    Thailand risks falling further behind other countries in terms of competitiveness the longer the arrival of 3G wireless broadband technology is delayed, say business leaders.

    They were reacting yesterday to a decision by the Central Administrative Court to grant an injunction that is highly likely to scuttle a 3G licence auction planned for Monday in Pran Buri.

    "We should have been benefiting from 3G services some time ago," said Payungsak Chartsutthipol, chairman of the Federation of Thai Industries (FTI). "The never-ending issue will cause both Thai and foreign investors to question why Thailand has so many problems concerning the law."

    The fate of the 3G auction hinged on whether the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) had the constitutional authority to move forward, or whether the auction must await the formation of a new regulator, the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission, which could take several more months.

    Thanit Sorat, the president of V-Serve Group, a logistics company that provides e-logistics services, said the delay would affect his company in terms of conducting businesses with foreign countries.

    "In terms of efficiency, I think it will affect us by around five to six percent [of sales]," said Mr Thanit.

    However, he acknowledged that his company's customers tended to focus more on pricing, quality and the Thai baht.

    Mr Thanit, who is also an FTI vice-chairman, said that while the development of improved communications such as teleconferencing would be delayed, the 3G issue was less worrisome for investors than the Map Ta Phut environmental regulation impasse, which is gradually being resolved.

    Dusit Nontanakorn, chairman of the Thai Chamber of Commerce, said the court injunction might affect foreign investors' confidence to a certain extent, as Thailand desperately needs to speed up developing telecommunication infrastructure to raise its competitiveness.

    "The court's new ruling would create a new controversy, despite the fact that Thailand has just finished settling the Map Ta Phut issues," said Mr Dusit who urged the relevant parties to settle the 3G dispute as soon as possible.

    "It is a shame for us, as right now Thai people are the root cause of all problems and disputes."

    Andre Durieux, the president of the Australian-Thai Chamber of Commerce, said the issues involving the two state telecom enterprises, the NTC and the yet-to-be-formed NBTC and unclear constitutional processes were very confusing in the eyes of Australian investors.

    He said the 3G delay was similar to the Map Ta Phut case in that it would discourage foreigners to invest in Thailand.

    "The AusCham supports 3G technology to be available in Thailand for our members to increase efficiency, encourage businesses to invest and bring new products to the country," said Mr Durieux.

    The ongoing problems have sent frustrating signals to foreign companies, especially Australian companies operating in Thailand, he said. "It causes Thailand to lag behind other countries in the region. Companies might slow down business expansion in Thailand."

    Fukujiro Yamabe, a vice-president of the Japanese Chamber of Commerce in Bangkok, said the stalled development of 3G licensing was similar to the unclear environment regulations that delayed investment projects in Map Ta Phut.

    "Again, it is unclear legal procedures that need more time for the government and investors to clarify," he said.

    "It is a very confusing and time-consuming process in the eyes of foreign investors."

    bangkokpost.com

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    Court to rule on NTC appeal Thursday

    The Supreme Administrative Court is to rule at 9am on Thursday, Sept 23, on an appeal by the National Telecommunications Communications (NTC) against the Central Administrative Court's injunction against the 3G auction.

    The injunction was ordered by the Central Administrative Court at the request of CAT Telecom.

    The Supreme Administrative Court on Monday accepted the NTC appeal for consideration and CAT Telecom will be told to submit its defence against the NTC's appeal by Sept 22.

    The ruling on the appeal will be made on Thursday.

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    Court sets Thursday to rule on 3G appeal

    The Supreme Administrative Court will rule on Thursday on the appeal by the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) against the Central Administrative Court's temporary injunction stopping the 3G licence auction.

    The injunction was ordered by the Central Administrative Court at the request of CAT Telecom.

    The Supreme Administrative Court on Monday accepted the NTC's appeal for consideration and CAT Telecom will be told to submit its argument against the NTC's appeal by Wednesday.

    The ruling on the appeal was scheduled for 9am on Thursday, Sept 23.

    NTC commissioner in charge of the 3G auction Natee Sukonrat said the NTC is ready to hold the 3G auction within two days if the Supreme Administrative Court on Thursday rules in its favour.

    If the court rejects its appeal the NTC would accept the ruling and call off the auction, which was earlier scheduled for Monday, Col Natee said.

    Meanwhile, Finance Minister Korn Chatikavanij said the Finance Ministry is looking into ways of converting current 2G telecom concessions issued by state-owned CAT Telecom and TOT Plc into 3G licences if necessary, if the 3G auction planned by the NTC cannot proceed.

    Mr Korn said the government wanted to end the stalemate and ensure the development of the telecommunications sector does not come to a halt.

    The Finance Ministry had consulted the two agences and also sought advice from the Council of State, he said.

    Mr Korn personally believed this would be possible.

    No matter what the Supreme Administrative Court's ruling on the 3G auction, the consideration of the government's Frequency Allocation Bill, which would establish the new National Broadcasting Telecommunications Commission (NBTC), was unlikely to be delayed, the minister said.

    CAT and TOT claim the NTC has no authority to auction off 3G licences, which would go to major private sector competitors.

    The labour unions of TOT and CAT Telecom on Monday issued a joint statement lashing out at Information and Communication Technology Minister Juti Krairiksh, accusing him of not protecting the two agencies under his supervision.

    The unions gave moral support to executives of both the TOT and CAT Telecom for petitioning the Central Administrative Court against the NTC holding a 3G auction, saying that the NTC has no authority to hold the auction. That rests with the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission, which has stil to be set up.

    The unions attacked Mr Juti for rebuking TOT and CAT Telecom executives for their actions during an interview with the press.

    "The minister should show support for state officials in their peaceful use of legal procedures to protect the agencies' interests according to the rule of the law and good governance principles," the statement said.

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    http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/loca...icence-auction

    Court upholds 3G auction freeze
    The Supreme Administrative Court on Thursday morning upheld the Central Administrative Court's injunction ordering the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) put its 3G licence auction on hold, reports said.

    “The NTC must put on hold the 3G licence auction until this court case is over or the court’s order is otherwise changed,” the judge of the Supreme Administrative Court said.

    Originally, the 3G licence auction was scheduled for Monday this week.

    The lower Administative Court issued a temporary injunction freezing the auction, after CAT Telecom submitted the NTC does not have the authority to sell the licences.

    The NTC appealed. The Supreme Administrative Court today upheld the order suspending the bidding.

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    3G bidding halt drags down AIS, DTAC, TRUE stocks : National News Bureau of Thailand

    3G bidding halt drags down AIS, DTAC, TRUE stocks



    BANGKOK, 23 September 2010 (NNT) – Stocks of three main telecommunication service companies in Thailand, comprising AIS, DTAC, and TRUE have been shrinking continuously after the Supreme Administrative Court has suspended the 3G license auction.

    According to the report as of 9.58 hrs on Thursday morning, the ADVANC stock of AIS stood at 90.75 THB, decreasing by 1 THB while DTAC was at 39.00 THB, moving down by 0.75 THB. The TRUE stock descended by 0.34 THB to stand at 4.60 THB.

    The decisions of investors to continuously sell the three telecommunication stocks have been influenced by the recent ruling of the Supreme Administrative Court about a 3G license auction arrangement of the National Telecommunication Commission.

    The Supreme Administrative Court ruled to suspend the bidding in line with the judgment of the Administrative Court earlier.

    Nevertheless, based on an analysis, overall figure of the Thai stock market would move up as a result of the ongoing capital influx. Therefore, the support line is anticipated to stand at 940 points while the resistance line at 955 points.

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