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NBTC gives nod to Thaicom 8 satellite

A file photo showing the successful launch of Thaicom 4 satellite (IPSTAR) in 2005

A file photo showing the successful launch of Thaicom 4 satellite (IPSTAR) in 2005

The National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) has extended a conditional approval to Thaicom's new satellite.



NBTC secretary-general Takorn Tantasith said that the Thaicom 8 satellite is awarded the approval, under the concession which will expire in the next 18 years.

It is conditional that the ICT Ministry, which was the original concession owner, extend an official confirmation that the NBTC is legally empowered to approve the launch.

Without the ICT Ministry’s confirmation, this would be reviewed, Takorn said.

In a related story, the NBTC telecom committee also agreed to reply to BBL Asset Management's plan for a telecom infrastructure fund by commenting that it should be open to all operators to lease the network.


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