The country’s three major telecom operators on Tuesday picked up a combined five bid documents for 1800MHz licences, the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) said.
Today is the first day that bid documents are available to prospective bidders, with June 14 the final day they can be picked up.
Advanced Info Service and its subsidiary Advanced Wireless Network each picked up one bid document.
DTAC TriNet and DTAC Broadband – part of Total Access Communication (DTAC) – also each picked up a document, as did TrueMove H Universal Communication, which is True Corp’s cellular operator.
Prospective bidders have to submit applications on June 15 if they want to participate in the NBTC’s licensing auction, which is scheduled to take place on August 4.
The regulator will auction three licences under the 1800MHz spectrum, each of which will contain bandwidth of 15MHz.
TrueMove H said in a statement that it was the role of mobile operators to take this opportunity to pick up the bid document for study and acknowledgement of the conditions of the auction.
TrueMove H has hired a third-party, world-class business consultant to conduct a feasibility study on the investment in frequencies which are up for auction, the statement said.
However, the company believes the multitude of its existing frequencies with a combined bandwidth of up to 55MHz currently serves the demand for data of its 27 million subscribers well, and will remain sufficient and efficient enough to accommodate future growth in doubling its subscriber base.
Taking into account TrueMove H’s current portfolio of frequencies, as well as the auction price, the company’s management does not see the necessity to acquire additional frequencies as this contains sufficient spectra for both present and future businesses, it continued.
However, the decision on whether to participate in the auction will depend on the results of the feasibility study being conducted by the business consultant, as well as the resolution of the board of directors.