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 pushes to expand auctions with 2.3GHz band

The Thai government has asked the Information and Communication Technology Ministry to reclaim 100MHz of unused 2.3GHz spectrum from state-owned operator TOT for the upcoming 4G auctions. At a meeting of the digital economy committee last week, deputy prime minister …

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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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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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Thailand’s TOT shortlists three potential partners

Thailand’s state-owned TOT has shortlisted three potential partners to help turn around the organisation, which lost THB1.3 billion ($39.5 million) in the first half of last year and was expecting a THB4.57 billion loss for the full year. The three …

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Thailand urged to cut stakes in TOT and CAT

The Thai government should reduce its stakes in the country’s two state-owned telecoms operators from 100 per cent to no more than 51 per cent, the Thailand Development Research Institute (TDRI) has recommended. TDRI’s chairman Somkiat Tangkitvanich told the Bangkok …

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100Gbps submarine cable project gets operator backing

A project to build a 100Gbps, 20,000km long submarine cable system connecting Europe to Singapore has been backed by 15 operators from around the world. Infrastructure vendors NEC and Alcatel-Lucent will be supplying the equipment, with NEC deploying the segment spanning Singapore to Sri Lanka, and Alcatel-Lucent deploying the stretch from Sri Lanka to France.