NBTC: 1,400 mobile phone users have switched service providers

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BANGKOK, 24 Feb 2014 – According to the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC), a large crowd of mobile phone users have switched their service providers, following the People’s Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC)’s campaign to boycott Shinawatra family affiliated products.

PDRC claims the InTouch Group, as well as its business arms including Advanced Info Service Public Company Limited (AIS), the nation’s biggest mobile phone carrier, still has ties with former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra, despite the group’s clarification denying involvements with the ex-premier and politics.

The NBTC Secretary General, Thakorn Guntasit, stated that his agency has closely monitored the matter.

He said about 700 AIS numbers were switched to other carriers on February 20th, and the number doubled to 1,400 on the next day. Around 70% of the transferred mobile phone numbers moved to DTAC, and the rest to TRUE Move.

Mr. Thakorn said the NBTC would continue to monitor the situation in order to quickly respond and prevent negative impacts on the telecommunication industry.