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The issuing of 3G wireless licences will shift to the Administrative Court on Wednesday, when an academic will petition the court to suspend the auction next week. 

The National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) on Tuesday announced their were three qualified applicants  - Advanced Wireless Network, a unit of Advanced Info Service; Dtac Network; and Real Future, which is part of True Corp.

Sethapong Malisuwan, NBTC chairman for telecommunications, said the NBTC plans to auction off the 2100 megahertz bandwidth on Oct 16, for use with 3G technology.

The only stumbling block between now and the auction day is the move by the former president of the Thailand Telecommunication Management Academy, Anuparp Thiralarp.

He has said he will petition the court on Wednesday to halt the auction until the NBTC amends its regulations to "better benefit the public in compliance with the constitution''.

The court will decide whether to accept the case, or reject it. A rejection would clear the last hurdle for the bidding for the frequencies.

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