The National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) has recently held a public forum over its plan to allow the 1,800 MHz frequency to be operated by True Move and Digital Phone for another year. When the extension expires on September 15th, all the 17 million subscribers will have their services terminated.
The majority of the public have agreed with the NBTC’s proposed bill as mobile users would be given enough time to find a new provider. However, the law, which is expected to be enforced on August 25th, stipulates that the carriers of 1,800 MHz will be required to inform their clients of the new expiry date and encourage them to switch to a new bandwidth or a new provider during the extension period.
The companies' revenue generated during the period must be turned over to the government after expenses have been deducted. They will also be bound by the new law to find further relief measures for their clients and they can not seek new subscribers for the 1,800-MHz band service.