Regulator to tighten controls on possession of more than six SIM cards

The National and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) will issue a new edict requiring all mobile phone users who possess more than five SIM cards to identify themselves to their phone service…

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Broadcast regulator approves draft announcement to cancel “must have, must carry” rule

Thailand’s National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) has approved a draft announcement to cancel the “must have, must carry” rule, which has applied since 2012, and to conduct public hearings…

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3 companies qualify to bid for satellite orbital slot packages on January 15th

Three companies are qualified to join the bidding for satellite orbital slot packages, to be held by the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) on January 15th, with a mock…

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NBTC’s reputation takes a beating in 2022 after allowing controversial True-Dtac merger

After months of prevarication, Thailand’s telecom regulator gave the green light in October for the merger of two major operators — True Corporation (True) and Total Access Communication (Dtac). The National…

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Regulator demands return of ฿600m for breach of “Must Carry” rule on World Cup broadcasts

The National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC), Thailand’s broadcast and communications regulator, has demanded the return of 600 million baht, granted to the Sports Authority of Thailand (SAT) to purchase…

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Broadcast regulator’s subsidy of World Cup live broadcast to be challenged

Opposition MPs and representatives of civil society will today submit a petition with the Administrative Court to challenge a decision by Thailand’s broadcast regulator to approve 600 million baht to…

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Thai broadcast regulator agrees to 600 million baht funding for World Cup live broadcasts

Thai football fans will have an opportunity to watch the World Cup 2022 finals in Qatar, after the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) agreed today (Wednesday) to set aside…

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Probe sought into conduct of some NBTC board members over True-DTAC merger decision

The Thailand Consumer Council (TCC) formally asked the House Anti-Corruption Committee today (Wednesday) to investigate the 5-member Board of the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC), accusing it of malfeasance…

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What lies ahead after NBTC decision to allow controversial True-Dtac merger?  

After wavering uneasily for months, Thailand’s telecom regulator, on October 20, gave the green light for the merger of two major operators  — True Corporation (True) and Total Access Communication (Dtac). Despite…

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Thai Consumer Council and Move Forward Party seek probe of NBTC board conduct

The Thailand Consumer Council (TCC) and the opposition Move Forward Party will petition the National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC), seeking an investigation into the conduct of the 5-member board of the…

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NBTC board member explains why she opposes True-DTAC merger

A board member of the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC), Professor Dr. Pirongrong Ramasoota, has explained why she disagrees with the planned merger between True Corporation and Total Access…

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NBTC “acknowledges” True-DTAC merger, with strings attached

The five-member National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC), Thailand’s communications regulator, has voted 3:2 to “acknowledge” the plan for a merger between True Corporation and Total Access Communications (DTAC), but…

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NBTC board may rule on True-DTAC merger plan on Oct 12th

The board of Thailand’s National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) is expected make a decision on the planned merger between True and DTAC on October 12th. Trairat Viriyasirikul, acting secretary-general…

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BMA may scrap project to move all overhead cables underground

The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) may scrap the project to move all the overhead electric and telecommunication cables underground, as most telecom service providers have shied away from the project…

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NBTC board urged to ditch True-DTAC merger plan

Thailand’s opposition Move Forward party is urging the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) to block the planned merger between two mobile phone service operators, True Corporation (True) and Total…

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Thai telecom regulator wants more study of True-DTAC merger plan

The board of the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) wants a more comprehensive study of the planned merger between True Corporation (True) and Total Access Communication (DTAC) before it…

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NBTC urged to accelerate consideration of True-DTAC merger plan

Thailand’s Charoen Pokphand Group (CP) and Norway’s Telenor are urging the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC), Thailand’s telecom and broadcasting regulator, to speed up the issuance of conditions to…

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Unused overhead cables in Bangkok to be removed this year

Unused overhead cables in 16 districts of inner Bangkok will be removed this year in a new bid to speed up the process of moving all overhead cables into underground…

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Telcos to help in properly managing overhead cables in Bangkok

Telecom service providers will be asked to tidy up their overhead cables in Bangkok, in a fresh bid to speed up the plan by the Metropolitan Electricity Authority (MEA) and…

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Thai court dismisses AIS attempt to avoid fine imposed by telecom regulator

The Supreme Administrative Court has upheld the lower court’s decision, confirming the legitimacy of an order, issued by the secretary-general of National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC), fining Advanced Info…

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Curb on reporting monarchy reform push could kill debate in Thailand

Observers say the broadcast regulator’s recent warning against media reporting demands for monarchy reform could lead to self-censorship by both media outlets and academics. Some media outlets view the move…

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Alarming threats to media freedom are threats to everyone’s freedom

For viewers of foreign media, available through Thai cable TV packages, it has become the norm to see unscheduled messages filling the screen and blocking content for several minutes, a…

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No impact yet on Thailand’s True, Dtac customers, says telecom regulator

Deputy Secretary-General of Thailand’s National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC), Suthisak Tantayothin confirmed that, for the time being, customers of mobile phone services provided by True and Dtac will not be…

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Thailand Consumer Council to petition against True-Dtac merger plan

The Thailand Consumer Council (TCC) is planning to submit a petition to the country’s telecom regulator against the planned merger between True and Dtac, two of the three major mobile…

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Thai telecom regulator invites DTAC and True for meetings about potential merger

Representatives of True Corporation and the Total Access Communication Company have been separately invited by the Office of the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC), Thailand’s telecom regulator, to clarify…

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Probe into Defence Ministry’s plan to spy on people through phones

Political activist Srisuwan Janya will lodge a petition with the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) on Wednesday, seeking an investigation into the conduct of the Ministry of Defence (MoD) and…

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80,000 factories across Thailand told to take precautions against COVID-19

The Ministry of Industry is seeking cooperation from about 80,000 factories across the country by taking precautionary steps to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in their work places. In the…

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Bidding reaches over 100 billion baht in auctions for Thailand’s 5G spectrum

Thailand’s telecom regulator, the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC), raked in over 100 billion baht from its auctions today of 48 licenses for 5G frequencies in the 700MHz, 2600MHz…

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Administrative court revokes NBTC order withdrawing Peace TV’s license

The Central Administrative Court today (Friday) revoked the administrative order of the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) withdrawing the operating license of Peace TV on the grounds that the…

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Seven struggling digital TV channels return licenses

Operators of seven struggling digital TV channel today returned their licenses to the broadcast regulator, the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC), bringing the number of digital TV channels still operating in Thailand down from 22 to just 15. Letters expressing intent to withdraw…

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NBTC asked to review suspension order against pro-Thaksin Voice TV

Thailand’s three press associations have urged the national broadcast regulator, National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC), to reconsider its order to suspend the operations of Voice TV for 15 days….

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Voice TV to seek court reprieve after 15-day closure order

Thailand’s broadcast regulator, the NBTC, has ordered Voice TV, a broadcaster known for its critical coverage of the military,  off the air for 15 days as of 1am on February…

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