TELECOMS & IT
The Supreme Administrative Court has withdrawn a lawsuit against the now-defunct National Telecommunications Commission for failing to hold the third-generation (3G) spectrum auction.
The decision removed one of the wildcards that could abort the imminent 3G spectrum auction, scheduled to take place on Oct 16.
The Supreme Court's decision came after the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) on Sept 7 asked it to withdraw the lawsuit.
The case was filed in 2010 and led to an injunction that prevented the auction to proceed until the case is final.
CAT Telecom and TOT filed the lawsuit against the NTC in 2010.
The two state telecom enterprises questioned the NTC's authority two years ago to hold a licence auction for the 2.1-GHz spectrum. The Supreme Administrative Court later decided to suspend the 3G auction.
NBTC secretary-general Takorn Tantasit said the recent Supreme court's decision could eliminate all uncertainties about the 3G auction.
"Even though we have full authority and legitimacy to conduct the upcoming 3G auction and the lawsuit had nothing to do with us, the Supreme court's decision could be an assurance to all relevant parties," Mr Takorn said.
Mr Takorn confirmed that the 3G spectrum auction will take place on Oct 16.
All interested companies can get application forms for the 3G auction until today.
Companies seeking to enter the 3G bidding must submit their applications on Friday and pay a 500,000-baht application fee. They need to place a guarantee of 1.35 billion baht on the same day.
The NBTC will announce qualified bidders on Oct 10. The unqualified ones can get the application fee back or appeal before the auction takes place.
The commission plans to announce the winners three days after the auction.
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- Writer: Komsan Tortermvasana
Position: Senior Business Reporter