ASEAN KEY DESTINATIONS
Telecom turmoil continues in Thailand
As a result, the Chinese, Korean and Japanese firms that had expressed interest in bidding simply didn’t enter the bidding Today, Information and Communication Technology Minister Juti Krairiksh will propose to the Thai cabinet that foreign firms be allowed to co-invest with Thai interests in the 3G network. The minister said he will ask the cabinet to consider allowing foreign firms to co-invest with Thai firms in the 19 billion baht 3G auction.
"The joint investment must be transparent and all 3G networks would have to be complete within six months," the ICT minister said.
On another front, the current five telecom firms will be fined more than US$5,500 each per day for failing to meet the deadline to establish number portability(MNP) in the Thai mobile phone market.
The rate will increase continuously until the operators start offering the MNP, Prasert Apipunya, vice-secretary of the NTC, stated.
Meanwhile, Clearing House for Number Portability , jointly established by the five companies, opposed the ruling, saying the fine is too high for no apparent reason.
MNP, a common service in many countries, allows mobile-phone and fixed-line users to keep their existing numbers when they switch operators.
Mr Prasert said the imposition of the fine is in violation of the MNP regulations promulgated in the Royal Gazette in August 2009.
Premon Pinskul, chairman of Clearing House for Number Portability, said the fine was "too high" and not based on valid reasons and an appropriate database.
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