True CEO pushes for three 10MHz 4G blocks

Following the approval by Thailand’s telecoms regulator for the return of 5MHz of unused 4G airwaves, Suphachai Chearavanont, CEO of operator True, has suggested that the 30MHz of available 1.8GHz spectrum be divided into three blocks of 10MHz for the auction in November. …

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Asia Briefs: StarHub revamps management team, Huawei signs $500M deal with STMicro & more

Singapore’s StarHub revamps management team Singapore’s second largest operator StarHub has appointed a new CFO, CMO and chief strategic partnerships officer (CSPO). Dennis Chia, joining from semiconductor packing and testing firm STATS ChipPAC, will take over as CFO. Howie Lau, …

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Thai regulator approves return of 5MHz for 4G auctions

Thailand’s telecoms regulator has approved the return of 5MHz of unused 1.8GHz spectrum to be included in the 4G auction in November, according to a report in the Nation. Following an earlier rejection, the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) …

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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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Thailand’s dtac gives away SIMs to boost data usage

Thailand’s dtac is giving away 650,000 3G and 4G SIM cards to customers buying low-cost smartphones in a campaign to boost mobile data usage. The operator aims to increase its data user base from 54 per cent to 60 per …

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Thai ICT Minister calls for master spectrum plan

Thailand’s ICT Minister has urged the government to work out a strategic master plan for spectrum to ensure the efficient use of the resource by the telecoms and broadcast industries. ICT Minister Pornchai Rujiprapa said the idea will be raised …

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Thai ICT ministry, CAT suggest delaying 4G auction again

Thailand’s long-delayed 4G auctions, now scheduled for the end of the year, could be pushed back again after the ICT minister and the head of CAT Telecom suggested a few months delay to give the regulator more time to develop …

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Thai regulator reconsiders dtac’s offer to return 4G spectrum

Thailand’s telecoms regulator said it will now reconsider dtac’s offer to return 5MHz of unused 1.8GHz spectrum for the 4G auctions at the end of the year, following an earlier rejection. But the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) said …

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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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