Reserve prices for 900MHz auction up for decision

Economy May 06, 2014 00:00

By Usanee Mongkolporn
The Nation

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The starting prices at the upcoming auction of the 900-megahertz telecom spectrum are expected to be set at Bt10.76 billion for 10MHz of bandwidth and Bt8.07 billion for 7.5MHz.

The reference prices are based on the recommendation by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) of Bt538 million per megahertz for a pair of uplink and downlink bands, a source at the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission said.
The NBTC’s telecom committee had hired the ITU to advise it on its plan to auction the 1,800MHz and 900MHz spectra. The panel is expected to consider these proposed starting prices for 900MHz this week. 
The committee has scheduled November for the auction of two licences for the 900MHz spectrum, one for 10MHz and the other for 7.5MHz of bandwidth, to follow the planned auction of the 1,800MHz bands in August.
The ITU has recommended that the starting price for a 900MHz band should be equivalent to 70 per cent of the spectrum’s full value of Bt768.5 million per megahertz.
The 900MHz starting price is 16 per cent higher than that for the 1,800MHz auction, which is Bt464million per megahertz.