Army puts brakes on 4G bids, coupons

The junta has asked the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) to put on hold four large projects including two frequency auctions and digital-TV coupon distribution pending "transparency" checks.

The National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) ordered all state units to submit their plans for large projects to optimise the use of the fiscal 2015 budget and ensure integration with other agencies.

The NBTC submitted four of its projects: two auctions for 1800-megahertz and 900-MHz frequency bandwidth, a universal social obligation (USO) project and the digital-TV transition facilitation project, better known as digital-TV coupon.

The NBTC received a letter from the NCPO on Tuesday, asking it to put the projects on hold for scrutiny, said Thakorn Tanthasit, secretary general of the NBTC.

The telecom regulator will meet on Wednesday to find measures to cope with problems that may result from the delay such as an invalid SIM card in the event the 1800-MHz auction is not held as planned. 

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