January 6, 2023 – dtac TriNet paid the 3rd installment for the 700 MHz spectrum license fee, for a sum of THB 1,881,488,000 including VAT, together with a bank guarantee covering the outstanding balance of THB 6,585,208,000 including VAT. The company also paid the 5th installment for the 900 MHz spectrum license fee, for a sum of THB 4,072,848,000 including VAT, together with a bank guarantee covering the outstanding balance of THB 10,385,762,400 including VAT. The payments were made to the NBTC on 6 January 2023.
dtac has deployed its 700 MHz low-frequency band nationwide to expand coverage and capacity of its network as part of a strategy to bring high-speed internet for an enhanced customer experience. dtac focuses on continually improving and developing its network for high-speed internet services and expanding its network for increased coverage. So far, dtac has installed more than 18,800 base stations on its 5G 700 MHz network as of Q3/2022, making 5G available in all 77 provinces of Thailand.
Mr. Sharad Mehrotra, Chief Executive Officer of Total Access Communication PLC or dtac, said, “dtac aims to develop our network, offering low, medium, and high spectrum bands to improve efficiency and coverage for a superior customer experience nationwide. We focus on bringing high-speed internet to all subscribers, from customers in urban areas with high rise buildings, remote rural areas, and new tourism hotspots.”
The two licenses cover two 10 MHz bands of 700 MHz spectrum until 2035 and two 5 MHz bands of 900 MHz spectrum until 2033.
Mr. Stephen James Helwig (3rd from left), Interim Chief Corporate Affairs Officer of Total Access Communication PLC or dtac, together with Mr. Narupon Rattanasamaharn (2nd from left), Head of Regulatory Division, and Mr. Lertratana Ratananukul (far left), Head of Government Relations Division – present installments for the 700 MHz spectrum and the 900 MHz spectrum license fees. The payments are received by Mr. Trairat Viriyasirikul (4th from left), Acting Secretary-General, Mr. Sutisak Tantayotin (5th from left), Deputy Secretary-General, and Mr. Natipong Talubnark (far right), Bureau Director of Facilities-based Telecommunications Business Licensing of the NBTC.