NCPO puts 4 mega telecom projects on the back burner

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BANGKOK, 18 June 2014  – The National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) has decided to temporarily suspend four telecom projects worth nearly 100 billion baht until further notice. 

The National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) has received an urgent order from the NCPO to freeze four mega-projects including two spectrum auctions to provide fourth-generation (4 G) service, the digital TV subsidy coupons and the universal service obligation fund to provide basic telecommunications infrastructure nationwide.

The NBTC said the suspensions were in line with the NCPO’s policy of increasing transparency in projects worth over 1 billion baht.

Following the order from the NCPO, the NBTC, which is due to hold a meeting over these projects today, has withdrawn them from the agenda and has cancelled a public forum on the auction of slots on the 900-MHz spectrum on Thursday as well.