The date for the auction of the 1.8GHz spectrum held by the telecom operator Dtac is scheduled to be held in July 2018, reported the Bangkok Post. Dtac’s 45MHz of spectrum in the 2G band expires in September 2018.
Thailand’s telecoms regulator’s early auction is a positive move, according to Dtac chief executive Lars Norling. However, this will provide the operators only three-month lead time, which may prove insufficient for the network installation. “Operators need as much as six months to prepare a network,” Norling said to the Post.
The sale of the 1.8GHz spectrum, which is the country’s last spectrum allocated under a concession arrangement, is expected to raise a minimum of THB135 billion ($3.86 billion). The reserve price is set at THB3 billion per megahertz. It is estimated based on the winning price of the 1.8GHz block sales in last year’s auction.
“The sale of the 1.8GHz spectrum is expected to reduce conflict between the regulator and operators over revenue sharing,” the Post said.
Last December, market leader AIS won 15MHz of 1.8MHz with a THB41 billion bid. True paid THB39.8 billion. The two companies also each won 10MHz of 900MHz spectrum in January for about THB76 billion.