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NCPO delays 4G auction by a year

Postponement to ensure transparency, fairness

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  • Writer: Khettiya Jittapong, Viparat Jantraprap and Reuters
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The National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) has postponed for one year an auction for fourth-generation (4G) mobile phone bandwidth, potentially causing billions of dollars of lost investment and sales in a sector that accounts for a tenth of the economy. 

AIS is likely to suffer most from the delay because it has the smallest amount of bandwidth among the top three carriers. It is also the only one without a 4G service though it has the highest number of subscribers with 4G-enabled devices. (Reuters photo)

Mobile network providers were banking on the extra bandwidth to enable faster data communication services, creating an opportunity to increase revenue. The military gave the auction the all-clear in May, but in June said it would b4G e suspended.

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