In the afternoon of December 13, Beijing Time (Jiang Junmu), Thailand's regulatory body, the National Broadcasting, Television and Communications Commission (NBTC), announced plans to hold a 2600 MHz spectrum auction in the first half of 2019 as part of efforts to promote the commercial start-up of 5G in 2020.
According to the Bangkok Post, the regulator has appointed a subcommittee to recall unused spectrum to redistribute it to 5G.
Its first task is to recall some spectrum in the 2600 MHz band for next year's auction. These spectrums are currently held by the state-owned public broadcasting company MCOT and the license ends in 2022.
According to the report, regulators will also set up a second Subcommittee to negotiate the return of spectrum.
NBTC has planned to hold a 45MHz 700 MHz spectrum auction released from digital and analog television broadcasting in the third quarter of 2019. Thailand plans to close analog television broadcasting by 2020.
As part of the spectrum redistribution, NBTC also plans to recall 470MHz, 1500MHz, 3400-3800MHz and 26-28GHz bands. These spectrum resources are currently held by state-owned telecom operators TOT, satellite operators Thaicom and Chevron Thailand.