The 700-megahertz spectrum will be allocated for telecommunications purposes in the next 15 years after the 470-510-MHz range is returned for use in broadcasting.
The move comes amid pressure by the Asia-Pacific Telecommunity (APT) and the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) to allocate 700 MHz for telecommunications instead of digital TV broadcasting as happens now. The Bangkok-based APT is a joint initiative of the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific and the ITU.
The 24 digital TV channel operators recently urged the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission's (NBTC) telecom committee to recall the 470-510-MHz range from the existing 10 holders, all of which are government agencies including TOT Plc, the Provincial Electricity Authority (PEA) and the armed forces. The returned spectrum would allow allocation of the 700-MHz spectrum for mobile broadband use.
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