Asia Briefs: GSMA-ITU forum pushes digital societies agenda, Ericsson appoints head of North East Asia & more

GSMA-ITU forum pushes digital societies agenda The GSMA and ITU, with support from ICANN and the Internet Society, organised a forum in Bangkok this week that brought together more than 100 policymakers, regulators and industry executives to discuss the development …

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Thai regulator extends deadline on 1.8GHz cut-off

Thailand’s telecoms regulator has given True and AIS an additional six months to move all customers on their 1.8GHz networks, which are concessions from state-owned CAT Telecom, to other spectrum bands. The 2G concessions with True Mobile and AIS’ subsidiary …

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Developing Asian markets help fuel 77% jump in global data traffic

While mobile operators in developed markets are experiencing a slowdown in data traffic growth, developing markets in Asia helped fuel a 77 per cent increase in data usage globally in Q1. Growth in data usage has risen over the last …

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Thai regulator to propose 60MHz spectrum cap

The Thai telecoms regulator will meet on Wednesday to consider introducing a 60MHz spectrum limit on the amount of spectrum an operator can hold to encourage newcomers to enter the market. As part of its wider auction plan, the National …

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AIS and TrueMove gain market share at dtac’s expense — Fitch

Thailand’s mobile players are facing increased competition, with all operators competing aggressively on data, and revenue in the saturated voice market forecast to drop 10-15 per cent this year after falling 12 per cent last year. Competitive data pricing and …

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4G hopefuls already look ahead to Thailand’s next auction

NEW BLOG: Thailand’s long-delayed 4G spectrum auctions finally look like they are set to move ahead at the end of the year despite calls from various agencies to push the sale back to give the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission …

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Thailand’s Mobile LTE prepared for TOT 4G buildout

Mobile LTE, a Thai consortium of ICT and oil trading firms, said it is ready to boost its capital 20-fold to THB100 million ($3.06 million) to finance state-owned TOT’s 4G network buildout, the Bangkok Post said. The move to raise …

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SingTel’s net profit rises 11%, but subsidies push down EBITDA

SingTel reported strong revenue growth across all markets, but higher handset subsidies and unfavourable forex movements pushed its EBITDA lower in fiscal Q3. The operator’s net profit in its fiscal Q3 ending 31 December grew 11 per cent to SGD970 …

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True prepares to unload infrastructure assets

Thailand’s True is preparing to sell off its telecoms towers and fibre assets to reduce debt and fund 4G expansion. The infrastructure sale, which will be its second, to True Telecoms Growth Infrastructure Fund (TRUEGIF) will comprise 350 towers and …

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