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    Thailand ramps up border telecom crackdown to curb crimes

    A crackdown on crimes facilitated by local telecom signals at Thailand’s borders has been ramped up by the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC). This move followed an emergency meeting between the regulator and private telecom operators to address potential criminal activities in these areas. NBTC Deputy Secretary-General Trairat Viriyasirikul revealed that in many border regions, there have been instances…

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    NBTC excludes World Cup from ‘must have’ broadcast rule

    The National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) board yesterday unanimously decided to exclude the World Cup football tournament from its “must have” rule, effective immediately. This rule has been in place since 2012, obliging companies that own the broadcast rights to seven major sporting events to allow free TV channels to air the content. The seven events include the FIFA World…

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    True Corporation and DTAC merger lawsuit stirs telecom sector

    A recent order from the Supreme Administrative Court may be causing ripples in the telecommunication sector. The court has asked the Central Administrative Court to accept a lawsuit filed by five individuals, aimed at nullifying the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission’s (NBTC) approval of the merger between True Corporation and Total Access Communication (DTAC). However, industry insiders view this order…

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    National Telecom’s spectrum rights expiry threatens mobile traffic quality

    National Telecom (NT), a state telecom company, faces a potential threat to its spectrums as the rights to three of its spectrum ranges are set to expire in September next year. The National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) has been urged to devise a transparent plan to reallocate these spectrums, which are currently held by NT. The spectrum ranges in…

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    NBTC urges responsible broadcasting amid violent content

    A plea for responsible broadcasting has been made by General Sittichai Makkunchorn, the spokesperson for the Chairperson of the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC). This appeal comes following public outcry over media exposure of violent content, the most recent instance being the wide circulation of a domestic violence case where a man took his wife’s life. This controversy has…

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    Thailand’s TSRI and NTBC team up for 5G revolution

    The Thailand Science Research and Innovation (TSRI) has taken a giant leap forward by partnering with the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NTBC) to propel the country into the 5G era. Dr Sirirurg Songsivilai, chairman of the National Commission on Science, Technology and Innovation at TSRI, highlighted the significance of optimising 5G adoption, stating that it is one of TSRI’s…

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    AIS and True reinforce identity checks for multiple SIM card owners

    In response to the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission’s directive, telecom giants AIS and True are set to tighten up measures to verify the identities of customers with multiple SIM cards. This move aims to prevent the temporary suspension of mobile numbers and protect user rights. Varunthep Watcharaphon, Business Relations Chief at Advance Info Service PLC (AIS), stated that AIS…

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    National Broadcasting files for bankruptcy of CAT Telecom

    The National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) has successfully filed for the bankruptcy of CAT Telecom Public Company Limited. The announcement was made public in the Royal Gazette today (November 25). The order for the asset protection of CAT Telecom Holding Limited was issued on November 3, in line with the Bankruptcy Act, 1940. The court’s decision came after the…

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    AIS withdraws lawsuit against NBTC over True-DTAC merger approval

    AIS, the telecommunications giant, recently took a surprising turn as it withdrew its case against the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission’s (NBTC) decision, which recognised the merger between True Corporation and Total Access Communication (DTAC), its two direct competitors. The lawsuit contended that the NBTC board had failed to exercise its authority to regulate the deal according to existing regulations.…

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    NBTC developing nationwide streaming platform for digital TV by 2025

    The National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) is set to develop a nationwide streaming platform, aiming to streamline all real-time streaming content from existing digital TV channels. The platform is anticipated to be fully operational by 2025, aligning with the NBTC’s online migration plan and catering to the increasing number of online content consumers. This initiative is also expected to…

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    Thailand’s NBTC mulls supervision of OTT platforms for fair telecoms

    The National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) is weighing the potential regulation of over-the-top (OTT) platforms in Thailand to create a level playing field and ensure equal treatment in the telecom sector. Despite major foreign OTT platform providers having established operations offices in Thailand and adhering to value-added tax (VAT) payment rules, the regulator is contemplating whether these operators should…

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    NBTC scraps 3.8bn baht telehealth project over budget concerns

    The National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) board members have voted against the development of a 3.8 billion baht telehealth project, citing misalignment with the objectives of the Universal Service Obligation (USO) project budget. The majority of board members argued that the USO project’s focus should be on supporting telecom network installation and expansion to bridge the digital divide, while…

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    Nine executives apply for NBTC secretary-general role

    A total of nine executives have applied for the position of secretary-general at the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC). Seven individuals submitted their applications during the initial application period running from March 20 to April 7, with a further two applying during the extended period, concluding May 7. According to Dr Sarana Boonbaichaiyapruck, NBTC chairman, the new secretary-general will…

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    Thai Senate committee discusses foreign satellite regulations

    The Thai Senate committee yesterday met to focus on information technology, communication, and telecommunications and convened to discuss the proposed changes by the state telecommunications regulatory body regarding the regulations governing the utilisation of foreign-owned satellites to offer domestic telecommunications services. The gathering presided over by General Anantaporn Kanchanarat, focused on assessing concerns and suggestions raised by the National Broadcasting…