Thailand: Court issues injunction protecting Dtac subscribers

The Central Administrative Court on Friday issued an injunction against the telecom regulator, allowing customers of Total Access¬ Communication (Dtac) to continue using the 850MHz mobile phone spectrum for another three months.¬
The court order benefits about 95,000 Dtac subscribers, most of them using the 2G service and others for roaming.¬ ¬
The National Broadcasting and Telecommunication Commission (NBTC) had planned cut off Dtac’s access to the spectrum at midnight on Saturday.¬
Dtac has been locked in a dispute with the telecom regulators over its access to the spectrum when its concession expires. The NBTC board on Thursday decided by a split¬ vote not the allow the company any leeway when the 28-year contract ends on Sept 15.¬
The regulating agency cited Dtac’s¬ decision not to enter an auction for use of the 900MHz spectrum to replace the 850MHz frequency, which would have allowed the¬ company to smoothly migrate the users.¬
DTAC decided to seek court help,¬ citing the need for subscribers whose devices use the spectrum to be protected from having the signal cut off.¬
The court said in the injunction statement released after the ruling that Dtac had the right to protect the affected customers until Dec 15.¬
This means that Dtac subscribers using the 850MHz bandwidth have three months to switch to other spectrums operated by the company, or move to another provider.¬