ASEAN KEY DESTINATIONS
Lawsuit challenges 3G auction
The suit before the Administrative Court contends that the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) does not have the authority to hold the 3G licence auction and comes after a suit by its labour union was rejected. It will also request a court injunction preventing the auction set for Sept 20 pending the formation of a single national regulator with sole authority over the matter.
CAT president Jirayut Rungsrithong said the NTC did not have the authority to hold the auction as legislation currently pending parliamentary approval stipulates that authority for licensing for the 21GHz band falls under the purview of the yet-to-be-established National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC).
He said a rule of the NTC auction, which allows 3G licencees to roam on existing 2G networks, but prohibits 2G operators from doing the same on 3G networks, is unfair and would directly affect the CAT.CAT will also ask the Administrative Court to provide legal protection from an NTC decision to fine mobile phone operators 166,667 baht a day starting on Sept 10 for failing to implement mobile number portability.
CAT Telecom's labour union leader Sukhum Chuenmana expressed confidence that the legal action taken by the company's president would be successful.
NTC commissioner Col Natee Sukonrat said that the NTC was ready to accept the court's ruling, but expects the auction to proceed.
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