TMCNet:  BRIEF: NBTC postpones ruling on True-CAT deal

[January 17, 2013]

BRIEF: NBTC postpones ruling on True-CAT deal

Jan 18, 2013 (Bangkok Post - McClatchy-Tribune Information Services via COMTEX) -- The National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) has put off for another month its decision on the fate of the third-generation (3G) contract between True Corporation and CAT Telecom.


The watchdog gave its investigative panel an additional 30 days to seek clearer legal evidence before ruling on whether the BFKT contract, one of six between True and CAT, violates Section 46 of the Telecommunications Business Act.

Earlier this month, the panel suggested BFKT, an affiliate of True, broke the law unintentionally by leasing network equipment without a licence.

But the panel later concluded BFKT had complied with the contract and that nothing need be done.

Col Settapong Malisuwan, chairman of the NBTC's telecom committee, said several issues must be cleared up before the case goes to the committee.

If the committee rules that BFKT violated Section 67 of the Telecommunications Business Act by running a business without a licence, then BFKT must suspend operations and the process will become a criminal case, he said.

Last year, the NBTC ruled the True-CAT contracts violated Section 46 of the Frequency Allocation Act of 2010.

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