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Thai 3G draws closer as TOT acquires Thai Mobile

A dispute between two Thai state-owned enterprises over ownership of Thai Mobile appears to have been resolved this week with the news that TOT has agreed to buy out CAT Telecom’s holding for 2.4 billion baht (US$70 million) over five years.

Thailand calls for further info on 3G/HSPA rollout

Deployment of 3G services in Thailand has hit another delay after the Thai government reportedly rejected the rollout requests of two potential 3G operators.

TOT to pay CAT Telecom for 1900MHz rights

As expected, Thailand’s TOT today signed an initial deal with rival state agency, CAT Telecom, to pay THB2.4 billion (US$71 million) for the right to operate in the 1900MHz frequency, which can support 3G services.

Report: TOT’s 3G plan likely to be stalled

Thailand’s state-run TOT’s plan to relaunch failed GSM mobile operator Thai Mobile as a nationwide 3G wholesale service provider is likely to suffer delays due to political red tape, according to the Bangkok Post, reports TeleGeography.

Thailand’s TOT gets green light for 3G network

The Thai government has approved in principal a proposal by state-owned enterprise, TOT, to launch 3G services in the country via its recently-acquired Thai Mobile subsidiary.

AIS proposes 3G network sharing plan with TOT

Thai operator Advanced Info Service (AIS) has reportedly approached Thai regulators about sharing part of Thai Mobile’s 1900MHz bandwidth in a bid to help the new 3G operator rollout its network more quickly.

TOT to push ahead with 3G network rollout

Cellular News notes that Thailand’s state owned operator, TOT, has told Reuters that it will proceed with plans to deploy a 3G network, with a commercial launch due by the end of the year.

TOT told to cut planned 3G budget

Thailand’s Information and Communications Technology Minister Ranongruk Suwanchawee has ordered state-run telco TOT to cut its budget for developing 3G mobile services from THB29 billion (US$818 million) to THB20 billion, reports TeleGeography, citing a report in The Nation.

TOT committed to 3G launch this year

Thai mobile operator TOT has approved a THB1.7 billion (US$50 million) plan to upgrade 500 1900MHz base stations owned by subsidiary Thai Mobile to offer 3G services in Bangkok by the end of this year, reports Telegeography, citing the Bangkok Post.