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JOEBM 2015 Vol.3(6): 591-598 ISSN: 2301-3567
DOI: 10.7763/JOEBM.2015.V3.251

Analysis of 2.1 GHz Spectrum Auction in Thailand

Settapong Malisuwan, Wassana Kaewphanuekrungsi, Navneet Madan, and Jesada Sivaraks
Abstract—Efficient spectrum allocation is a vital contributor to economic growth and success in telecommunications industry management of a country. Thailand’s telecommunications industry is different from most cases since prior to the establishment of the telecommunications regulator, Thai telecommunications industry operated on the basis of concessionaire regime and not the licensing regime. Due to the complex nature of the concessionaire regime and the Thai legislation, supply of spectrum could not be injected into the telecommunications industry for more than a decade before spectrum allocation in October 2012. National Broadcasting and Telecommunication Organization Act (2010), Article 45 specifies that the regulator must allocate spectrum via means of spectrum auction only. Spectrum Auction is not a “one size fits all” and should be specifically designed to achieve objectives that is suitable to the country depending on telecommunications market structure and in most cases should prioritize long-term valuable economic and social benefits over short-term revenue maximization. The first part of this research provides literature on mobile broadband and spectrum auctions. The second part of this research provides an account of the Thai Telecommunications industry and specific 2.1 GHz spectrum auction objectives and outcomes. The final part of this research provides a qualitative analysis concluding that 2.1 GHz spectrum auction has fulfilled the policy objectives as prescribed by the NBTC Organization Act (2010) and is consistent with that of the international standard.

Index Terms—2.1 GHz band, mobile broadband, reserve price, spectrum auction, spectrum cap, spectrum management.

Navneet Madan is with the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission, Thailand (e-mail: navneet.nbtc@gmail.com).

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Cite: Settapong Malisuwan, Wassana Kaewphanuekrungsi, Navneet Madan, and Jesada Sivaraks, "Analysis of 2.1 GHz Spectrum Auction in Thailand," Journal of Economics, Business and Management vol. 3, no. 6, pp. 591-598, 2015.

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