It’s the running gag… the pathetic prank… The 3G network in Thailand.
There is a special agency, the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC), supposed to handle the issue of 3G… since more than 2 years.
Let’s start the time travel machine.
December 8 2006 : NTC to issue rules for 3G licensing (Nation)
At that point, we could think about 2 explanations :
-the members of the NTC are totally and utterly dumb, and therefore unable to handle technical and financial issues.
-the members of the NTC are not totally dumb… they’re just too greedy and they wait in order to increase the amount of tea money.
I’m wondering which would be the worse. 😉
Anyway, the bottom line is : Laos has 3G. Thailand is still talking. It’s just another national shame.
Telecom industrialists in general were disappointed with the results of last Thursday’s board meeting, when the NTC concluded only one key issue: that 2.1-gigahertz-spectrum licences would be auctioned. The 2.1GHz spectrum is for developing 3G services.
Earlier, the board said it would wrap up all key details – licensing method, number of licences, licence-payment method (one-off payment or instalments) and the licences’ period of validity – at that meeting.
After the meeting, NTC secretary-general Suranan Wongvithayakamjorn said the board needed more time to study all aspects carefully. The regulator is expected to finalise all key details within the next couple of weeks and put the licensing terms of reference to a public hearing this month or next.
The telecom industrialist said he did not understand why the NTC needed more time when it had already spent two years studying all of the issues. Based on this scenario, he does not believe the watchdog can award 3G spectrum licences this year. (Nation)
Good lord… One meeting to decide that… licences will be auctionned. Are those guys paid ? I mean, do they receive a salary, or something, for such joke ?
Anyway. No licence this year… it means… 3G maybe, maybe… in 2010. At best.