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Bangkok Airways to shut ticket office for 3 days

Bangkok Airways will close its head office and ticket office on Vibhavadi-Rangsit Road from Monday to Wednesday next week, while the telecom regulator is set to ensure uninterrupted mobile-phone service during the planned "Bangkok shutdown".

The airline said reservations during those three days could be made via its 24-hour call centre (1771), on www.bangkokair.com, or at the Bangkok Airways ticket office on the sixth floor at Suvarnabhumi Airport.

Meanwhile, the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission will dispatch five signal-monitoring vehicles on Monday in Bangkok to check the quality of mobile-phone signals. Should it detect any signal problems, the NBTC will immediately inform the cellular operators.

NBTC secretary-general Takorn Tantasit asked for people's cooperation at protest sites to allow these vehicles to carry out their duty. He gave his assurance that the vehicles were for monitoring signal quality, and not cutting them off.

To prevent service disruption, the NBTC has instructed all mobile-phone companies to increase network capacity from yesterday onwards in the locations where participants in the "shutdown" intend to concentrate.

CAT Telecom yesterday said it had stepped up security at its key operational areas and power-backup system. It says it is ready to back up its operations if need be during the demonstration.


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