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Thai state hits operators with US7B bill

Thai state-owned operator TOT has demanded THB214.7 billion (US$7 billion) in unpaid fees from the country’s privately-owned operators in what could be the start of a lengthy legal battle. Bloomberg reports that TOT will pursue THB76.4 billion from Advanced Info Service (AIS), THB97 billion from Total Access Communication (DTAC), THB36.4 billion from True Corp. and THB700 million baht from TT&T, according to a statement by the Thai Information and Technology Ministry.

Thailand’s TOT could gain compensation from rival, says panel

Thai operator TOT could ask for THB75 billion (US$2.25 billion) in compensation from its rival AIS, which paid less than originally agreed for a mobile phone concession, according to a member of a government panel.

True Move eyes Thai CDMA network

Thailand’s number three mobile operator True Move is in talks with Hutchison Telecommunications International to buy the Hong Kong company’s CDMA business in Thailand, a step that could accelerate 3G services.”

Potential buyers eyeing Thai CDMA network

Thai operators True Move and AIS are looking to take over the “tiny” CDMA business of Hutchison in the country

Thai market leader to launch as 3G MVNO on state-owned network

Thailand’s largest operator, AIS, has resurrected plans to launch as a 3G MVNO on state-owned TOT’s network following the cancellation of the country’s 3G auctions last week. The move is seen as another victory for TOT, which, along with another state-owned-firm – CAT Telecom – managed to halt the 3G auction process in the courts

Foreign-owned Thai operators allowed to apply for 3G licenses

Thailand’s telecoms regulator said yesterday that the country’s two largest operators will be allowed to submit bids for 3G licenses despite the fact that ownership structures could be in breach of the auction’s foreign ownership rules.

SingTel names international CEO

SingTel named Hui Weng Cheong, coo of its Thai affiliate AIS, as chief executive operator designate for its international operations.

Thai 3G auction attracts 8 bidders so far

Eight companies have so far bought bid documents for Thailand’s 3G license auction that will take place September 28-29, according to a Bangkok Post report.

Thailand plans next-gen spectrum auctions

Thailand’s regulator, the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC), said today it will skip issuing standard 3G licenses and instead move forward with an auction to offer more advanced mobile spectrum by the end of this year.

AIS and TOT 3G tie-up delayed by up to six months to appease MVNOs

The board of Thai state-run telco TOT has told the country’s mobile market leader AIS to wait four to six months before beginning the proposed data roaming service on the state enterprise’s 2100MHz 3G network to give its contracted MVNOs some marketing leeway.