Thailand delays digital licences

Thailand’s planned auction of digital terrestrial TV licences is to be delayed in order to give more time to potential bidders to prepare their submissions. The auction was initially planned for September.

Supinya Klangnarong of the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC), speaking on August 18th, said the planned bidding may be pushed back to late this year. Supinya said the regulations involving the auction of the commercial digital TV licences were published in the Royal Gazette last week.

A report in the local Bangkok Post, quoted her as saying that a draft invitation to join the auction is being prepared by the Office of the NBTC, and the commission’s broadcasting committee is expected to consider it on August 19th. “The sooner the invitation is announced, the better”, she said, adding that the business operators should be given at least 60 days to prepare after the invitation is issued.

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