National Telecom launches satellite licence bid

26 August 2021

NT is targetting satellites

NT is targetting satellites

National Telecom (NT) - formed after the merger of Telephone Organisation of Thailand and TOT earlier this year - is set to bid for satellite orbital slots serving Thailand.

The move follows comments by digital economy and society (DES) minister Chaiwut Thanakamanusorn which suggested the operator would not enter the bidding. Had that been the case, Thaicom would have been the sole bidder in the upcoming auction of spectrum and licences.

Had that decision remained, it would have left the current incumbent satellite operator (Thaicom) as the sole bidder in an upcoming auction of spectrum and licences.

The auction, set to take place August 28, will offer up four satellite orbital slot packages up for auction. They are as follows:

The 50.5°East and 51°E slots with a reserve price of ฿677m
The 78.5°E position with a reserve price of ฿366.4m
The 119.5°E and 120°E with a reserve price of ฿393m
The 126°E and 142°E with a reserve price of ฿364.6m