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Thai PM wants 3G
The Supreme Administrative Court rules this morning that the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) cannot hold the 3G licence auction.
Mr. Abhisit said the telecom network would benefit consumers, no matter whether the system was 2G or 3G, since operators could reduce overlapping investment costs and consumers could enjoy cheaper services.
"One way or another, [the government] will be coordinating to make best use of the network in order to cut the costs of overlapping investments," the prime minister said.
He also repeated that any further decisions regarding the 3G auction would be made only after the final ruling by the Supreme Administrative Court was known.
Mr. Abhisit said he understood the court would ask the Constitution Court to provide an interpretation first on whether the NTC had the authority to hold the 3G auction NTC chairman Prasit Prapinmongkolkarn said yesterday that his commission would cancel the auction if the Supreme Administrative Court ruled in favour of the lower court's injunction. If, on the other hand, the court overturned the injunction, the NTC would hold the auction within two days.
Meanwhile, the House of Representatives yesterday voted 223 to 90 to move forward consideration of a new frequency allocation bill to next week.
The law would enable the establishment of the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission to replace the NTC. The new commission would be in a better legal position to hold the 3G auction.
CAT Telecom yesterday testified before the Supreme Administrative Court against the NTC's appeal to revoke the injunction.
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