The three bidders participating in next week's auction for 3G broadband spectra are anxious about the pending court case, and a technical glitch during a practice session yesterday did nothing to ease their jitters.
Representatives take part in yesterday’s practice 3G auction, which was marred by a technical problem.
The three qualified applicants bidding in the 3G auction, set to take place on Tuesday, are Advanced Wireless Network (AWN), a subsidiary of the country's largest mobile operator Advanced Info Service; DTAC Network, a subsidiary of Total Access Communication; and Real Future, a subsidiary of True Corporation.
Representatives of the three bidding firms will join a mock-up auction today after attending an auction theory seminar yesterday at the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission's (NBTC) head office.
The bidders are closely monitoring the Administrative Court's hearings on litigation by telecom analyst Anuparp Thiralarp and the Consumer Rights Protection Association asking for a suspension of the auction.
After a technical problem during the bidding practice yesterday, bidders urged the NBTC to prepare a back-up plan to deal with any unexpected incidents.
The NBTC set up three rooms for each bidder plus another back-up room. It declared Oct 16 a holiday for its staff not needed for the auction.
Col Settapong Malisuwan, chairman of the NBTC's telecommunications committee, said he personally believes the court will allow the auction.
He stressed that Thailand can no longer afford to delay the 3G auction. The country is desperately in need of a high-speed wireless broadband infrastructure to increase national competitiveness and narrow the digital divide.
NBTC secretary-general Takorn Tantasit said the three bidders already sent the names of their representatives who will attend the auction. No more than 10 people are allowed inside each auction room.
AWN and Real Future will send 10 people to the auction, while DTAC Network will send seven.
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- Writer: Komsan Tortermvasana
Position: Senior Business Reporter