Thailand’s planned auction of 3G mobile service licences will be delayed indefinitely until four new nominees to the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) have royal endorsement. The Bureau of the Royal Household has returned the names of the nominees to the Cabinet Secretariat for further review, causing the delay. One nominee, Col. Natee Sukolrat, is currently under investigation by the National Anti-Corruption Commission. The seven-member NTC board had hoped to auction the 3G licences in the first quarter of 2010, although the industry had already been expecting an even longer delay. Thailand will be among the last countries in Southeast Asia to fully adopt 3G technology.
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