Court decision awaited on 3G telecoms bid

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BANGKOK, Oct 12 – Supporters and opponents of Tuesday’s auction of third-generation (3G) telecoms wireless licences are anxiously waiting for the Administrative Court’s ruling on whether the bid will go ahead as scheduled.

Suthiphon Thaveechaiyagarn, commissioner of the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC), said after testifying to the Administrative Court Thursday that the court has yet to decide on an academic’s petition seeking to suspend the auction of the 2100 megahertz bandwidth to use with the 3G technology.

Anuparp Tiralarp, former president of the Thailand Telecommunication Management Academy, earlier sought an injunction to stop the NBTC from carrying out the bid.

The Administrative Court informed both parties that it will let them know its decision as soon as possible but did not give a time frame.

Insisting that the auction will be held Tuesday as scheduled, Mr Suthiphon said suspending the planned auction will severely damage the country by more than Bt200 million per day.