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TOT delays 4G contract with AIS

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TOT Plc has put off signing a contract with its concessionaire Advanced Info Service (AIS) that would allow it to provide fourth-generation (4G) mobile services on the state's existing unused frequency. 

The delay is to ensure the contract will be legal, especially regarding Section 46 of the Frequency Allocation Act of 2010, which stipulates spectra can only be allocated via an auction. The section also requires licence holders and spectrum owners (including TOT) to manage spectrum rights on their own.

The state telecom enterprise wants to rent out its existing unused five megahertz of bandwidth on the 2100-MHz spectrum to AIS to provide 4G service under a network rental agreement on a one-year basis.

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