The reserve price for the third-generation (3G) licence auction will be finalised today by the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC).
The benchmark is likely to be set at 4.2 billion baht for each of the nine five-megehertz slots, on par with the price set by the NBTC’s predecessor of 12.8 billion baht for 15MHz.
Currently, the NBTC’s 2100-megahertz committee approved the draft 3G licence auction framework for the international standard 2.1-GHz spectrum.
Under the draft, the regulator will divide the existing bandwidth of the 2.1-GHz spectrum into nine slots, each containing 5 MHz of bandwidth.
The watchdog intends to auction the 2.1-GHz spectrum in October.
Col Settapong Malisuwan, chairman of the NBTC’s telecom committee, said the committee will determine the valuation of the 2100-MHz spectrum first, and then calculate the reserve price for each slot of bandwidth.
There are three methods to calculate the final reserve price. The telecom committee is likely to value each slot of bandwidth at 6.4 billion baht.
“We might set the reserve price at 70% of the spectrum value for each slot. So, the price will be close to 4.2 billion baht,” said Col Settapong.
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