ASEAN KEY DESTINATIONS
New legislation to expedite 3G in Thailand
During his weekly television broadcast yesterday, Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva said a government whip will work to ensure the bill receives parliamentary approval so that the process to select commission members can begin by year's end or early next year.
The Central Administrative Court last week ruled that the auction must be put on hold. The decision came after the state-owned CAT Telecom filed a petition challenging the legitimacy of the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) to auction off the 3G licences.
Once in place, the commission will be responsible for holding the auction for 3G licences. Earlier, Natee Sukonrat, NTC commissioner and head of the 3G project, submitted an appeal against the Central Administrative Court's ruling.
The ruling bars the NTC from holding a 3G auction until the Constitution Court rules on its authority to distribute the frequencies or until the new regulator, the NBTC, is formed.
The auction can proceed only if the Supreme Administrative Court reverses the lower court's decision.
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