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Critics slam 3G 'giveaway'

Only three out of nine slots attract rival bids

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  • Writer: Srisamorn Phoosuphanusorn, Komsan Tortermvasana & Suchit Leesa-Ngunansuk
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Thailand's long-overdue sale of third-generation (3G) mobile spectrum bandwidth has attracted a storm of criticism. 

Top executives of Thailand’s three major mobile phone operators, from left, Dtac CEO Jon Eddy Abdullah; Advanced Info Service (AIS) vice chairman Somprasong Boonyachai; and True CEO Suphachai Chearavanont, pose for a photo prior to the 3G spectrum auction at the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission in Bangkok Tuesday. The auction of 3G licences began with the three mobile phone operators vying for slots from 45MHz of bandwidth on the 2.1GHz band. APICHIT JINAKUL

Academics and politicians alike slammed telecom regulators Tuesday for essentially gifting new licences to the private sector at taxpayer expense.

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