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Norwegian mobile firm to petition Thai government
Thana Thienachariya, DTAC's chief corporate affairs and strategy officer, said the petition would also detail unfair treatment by government agencies.
DTAC was given the right to provide non-commercial 3G trial service using HSPA technology on the 850-Megahertz spectrum almost two years ago, he said.
But Mr. Thana said that when DTAC wanted to import more HSPA-based equipment to provide non-commercial service, no progress was made on the part of the state.
"That includes our request for commercial service, which has made no progress, unlike how [the government] proceeded with True Move," he said.
Mr. Thana said that while DTAC and True Move both operate under concessions from state-owned CAT Telecom, it seemed True Move had been given more consideration.
Jon Fredrik Baksaas, the chief executive of DTAC's major shareholder, the Telenor Group of Norway, and Sigve Brekke, the group's head of Asian operations, called on Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva at Government House yesterday to reaffirm Telenor's continued investment in Thailand over the next decade.
The Telenor CEO was here to help celebrate the 10th anniversary of the group's presence in Thailand.
During the 15-minute meeting, Mr Baksaas did not raise DTAC's petition with the prime minister, but he did express disappointment over two matters that remain unresolved in Thailand _ 3G licensing and concession conversion.
Mr. Abhisit expressed his regret at the slow pace of progress but promised a transparent process. After the meeting, Mr Baksaas said the Telenor Group was highly committed to Thailand as an important part of its Asian footprint, as the region remains the future growth engine of the global economy.
"Telenor believes that the next growth wave in Asia will be fuelled by access to mobile broadband and the internet on small screens, and we are ready to take an active part in the rapid rollout of 3G service in Thailand," he said.
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