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24 September 2010 :: 14:09:40 pm 40330

Thai Premier Plans 3G Address to US-ASEAN Business Council

Thai Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva on Thursday announced his intention to explain Thai investment, the delayed 3G proposal and Map Ta Phut industrial projects to a congregation of United States Business representatives at the US-ASEAN Business Council.
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New York, the 24th of September 2010: In New York as part of an official visit to take part in the United Nations General Assembly and the US-ASEAN Business Council, premier Abhisit announced his intention to explain recent developments in Thailand to a segment of the US business community on Thursday afternoon.

Prior to the planned meeting, Mr. Abhisit voiced his opinion that international investors did not understand the legal problems related to numerous aspects of Thai processes, stating both the suspended Map Ta Phut projects and delayed 3G license bidding needed clarification to the international community.

Regarding the 3G bids, premier Abhisit urged that the Supreme Administrative Court had upheld the suspension based on numerous legal concerns and that the Telecommunications Commission (NTC) must comply with the court ruling. The government was now looking to expedite the passing of a bill, which will lead to the formation of the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC). The NBTC will be authorised to allocate the 3G spectrum.

Thailand’s Supreme Administrative Court on Thursday upheld the Central Administrative Court’s injunction suspending distribution of the third generation (3G) wireless service licenses, saying the NTC was not authorised to make the awards.

The Supreme Administrative Court cited that the NTC’s criteria for granting the 3G licenses was illegal and the auction process, if continued, would cause severe damage to the credibility of Thailand’s procedural processes. The ruling stipulated that the 3G auction should only proceed upon the formation of the NBTC, which will be equipped to manage the process.

Asked about resolving the long-delayed launch of 3G in Thailand, the prime minister explained that service trials had been conducted by the operators while the Ministry of Finance and of Information and Communication Technology assigned to review the process of converting the networks pending a Constitutional Court ruling.

Reporter : John Weston   Photo : Internet   Category : Thailand News

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