11 July 2024

The Central Administrative Court has ordered the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) to provide redress to mobile phone subscribers using 850 megahertz spectrum of Total Access Communications (Dtac) until December 15.

Dtac’s concession for 850 Mhz spectrum is due to expire on midnight of September 15 and this will affect the remaining Dtac’s phone subscribers, numbering about 90,000, who are yet to transfer to other phone operators or to other frequency spectrum of Dtac otherwise their services will be disconnected after midnight of September 15.

Dtac took the case to the Central Administrative Court to seek redress for its subscribers after NBTC refused to help the company for its failure to join the bid for the 1800 Mhz spectrum.

Upon receiving the court’s order, NBTC secretary-general Thakorn Tantasith said the telecom regulator would follow the court’s order and would notify 850 Mhz spectrum subscribers who are mostly 2G phone users to quickly transfer their services to other operators or to other spectrum or their services will be disconnected.