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Thai DTAC finally gets 3G OK
"The approval will give DTAC the opportunity to finally offer our customers the experience of 3G," said chief executive officer Tore Johnsen.
The board of the state telecom enterprise on Thursday made an about-face and approved the company's expansion of trial services to 1,220 cell sites from only 36 now, after a two-year delay.
Mr. Johnsen said DTAC saw the approval as a sign that the government wanted 3G to happen in Thailand.
Utilisation of existing frequencies would now be given priority while the industry waits for the establishment of a new regulator, the National Telecommunications and Broadcasting Commission (NBTC), and an auction for commercial 3G licences on the 2.1GHz spectrum, he added.
"DTAC's goal is obviously to be allowed to offer the 3G services on a commercial basis and we therefore hope that the decision on this will be taken soon," he said.
"We also sincerely hope that necessary regulatory approvals from the NBTC will follow. DTAC has 20.9 million subscribers in Thailand.
DTAC shares closed yesterday on the Stock Exchange of Thailand at 43.50 baht, up 3.6 percent, in trade worth 370.6 million baht.
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