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Court stops 3G auction in Thailand
In a late evening decision, the Administrative Court ruled in favour of CAT Telecom's call for an injunction to suspend bids for 3G licences at an auction to be held by the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) in Pran Buri.
The court backed arguments by CAT Telecom executives that the NTC has no authority to hold the auction.
The NTC said it would appeal against the ruling tomorrow. But executives admitted the 3G auction will have to be cancelled if the court's decision is not reversed in time.
"If the court accepts our appeal, we should be able to carry on with the auction. If not, the NTC will immediately cancel it," said Col. Natee Sukonrat, NTC commissioner and head of the 3G auction project.
The NTC on Friday filed an appeal against the ruling of the Administrative Court that suspended the auction of 3G licenses on Friday. Earlier on Friday, TOT Plc, a companion organization with CAT Telecom, both were formerly government bureaucracies, filed a similar lawsuit to block the auction with the Administrative Court against NTC calling for an injunction against the 3G auction.
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