Thailand Mobile Market: A More Level Playing Field

Introduction

3G services are finally set to become a commercial reality in Thailand following the awarding of 2100MHz licenses to AIS, DTAC, and TrueMove in December 2012. This will result in lower regulatory fees, higher data revenues, and a more level 3G playing field in Thailand. While there are fewer regulatory inconsistencies in the market today, the Thai regulator, the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission, must ensure that revenue-share conversion talks are finalized as soon as possible.

Highlights

The issuing of the licenses means that wide-scale 3G services will finally become a reality in the Thai market, which has been restricted to EDGE+ and limited 3G services in the 850MHz and 900MHz bands for several years. The awarding of the licenses is a significant coup for the private operators, and will require the government-owned operators, CAT and TOT, to improve their commercial focus.

Features and Benefits

  • Provides clear and concise insight into the notoriously complicated Thai mobile market.

  • Analyzes the implications of Thailand's 2100MHz spectrum auctions for operators.

Key Questions Answered

  • Who are the winners and losers from Thailand's 2100MHz spectrum auction?

  • What major mobile regulatory decisions are still pending in Thailand?

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