Supreme Court to rule on NTC appeal Thursday

13:36, September 20, 2010      

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Thai Administrative Court will rule early on Thursday early morning, September 23, on an appeal by the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) against the Central Administrative Court's injunction against the 3G auction.

Communications Authority of Thailand (CAT) on September 13 appealed Central Administrative Court's decision against NTC's move to open 3G auction saying it is against the constitution.

The Supreme Administrative Court on Monday accepted the NTC appeal for consideration and CAT Telecom will be told to submit its defence against the NTC's appeal by Sept. 22.

The Central Administrative Court ruled that the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) should be established, as prescribed under the 2007 Constitution. The NTC, however, appealed the matter, saying it has the legal authority to offer the 2.1 gigahertz frequency, and cited the detrimental effects on Thailand's social and economic development if 3G bidding is not allowed.

Advanced Info Service (AIS), DTAC and True Move are the three companies involved in this time bidding. However, this proposed 3G auction is not the first time. CAT Telecom and Telephone Organization of Thailand have already been allocated 3G frequencies by the NTC before.

Source: Xinhua


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