NBTC to consider Thaicom satellite licence request

Published มกราคม 13, 2016 by SoClaimon

ศาสตร์เกษตรดินปุ๋ย : ขอบคุณแหล่งข้อมูล : หนังสือพิมพ์ The Nation


THE TELECOM committee of the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission will today consider Thaicom’s licence request for its upcoming Thaicom 9 broadband satellite.

The new satellite will be positioned at a 119.5-degrees-east orbital slot to serve Asia-Pacific countries, including Thailand.

According to the NBTC, Thaicom applied for a 20-year licence in September. Thaicom 9 will be a broadband satellite like Thaicom’s existing IPSTAR.

In 2012, the NBTC awarded a 20-year licence to Thaicom to operate any of its satellites launched under that licence, which includes Thaicom 7 at a 120 degrees east longitude and Thaicom 8 at a 78.5-degrees-east position.

Thaicom asked for a separate licence for its Thaicom 9 to match the life span of the satellite, as its existing licence has only 16 years remaining.

The development of Thaicom 9 is expected to take three years. If the company uses the existing licence for Thaicom 9, it will likely have only 13 years left once the satellite is launched.

The NBTC telecom committee will have to consider whether Thaicom 9 can operate under the company’s existing licence or if it needs a separate licence.

Earlier, Thaicom said it had conducted a technical study on the Thaicom 9 project development. The project is estimated to cost US$200 million (Bt2.7 billion) and will feature a 20-gigabyte capacity.

Thaicom also operates three satellites under an Information and Communications Technology Ministry concession. They are the Thaicom 5 and 6 broadcasting satellites and the Thaicom 4 broadband satellite, better known as IPSTAR.

The telecom committee will today also consider Advanced Info Service’s request to extend the deadline for switching off its 900-megahertz service by another 180 days.

The NBTC’s original resolution called for AIS to switch off the service once a 900MHz licence is granted to either of the two companies that obtained one at a recent auction.

True Move H Universal Communication of True Corp and Jas Mobile Broadband of Jasmine International were the winning bidders for the two 900MHz licences. Both are expected to pay the first instalment of the upfront licence fee this month, and the committee will award the licences soon.



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