The 3G has become an epic and upset a lot of people that hoping to see some constructive structure of the "happening 3G" which has never quite happened yet. The question everyone keep asking what make it taking so long for this country to get 3G available for the rest of the country, commercially, beside the trial that some parts of Bangkok is providing.
The NTC (National Telecommunication Commission) has a fully right to organize the bidding all along before the Constitution 2007, and no one ever understand what make them drag and wait until it's out of their righteous time. The Constitution 2007 said to have (NBTC) National Broadcasting and Telecom Commission as a new regulator for frequency allocation in Thailand. Three years pass, the new commission has not come together and finally NTC move forward on the 3G bidding. NTC suppose to, at the time being, act as an Acting Regulatory body, but whether an acting body has a right to proceed with the bidding or not will have to wait for the Administrative court decision.
There is a naive part of me hope that CAT and TOT might just drop their complaint but I see no reason why they would do such a thing. But the Office of the Auditor General of Thailand had made an assessment in 2009 of what TOT and CAT might gain to lost if all 2G users switch to 3G in 2 years. Both organization might loss 70% of their revenue. So there you have it, a pretty good reason for them to not giving up.
I just wonder why CAT and TOT had to make a complaint to the court when the bidding process has started. The question of why they have to file the suit is answered by Paisal Sricharatchanya, the TANN analyst that they just have to do anyway otherwise they might end up accused to negligence of duty themselves (if we are not talking Money-reason). But why wait until the last minute, who knows.
If some of you can remember, Prime Minister Abhisit and Finance Minister Korn had said whether it'll be more benefit to the country is it's to be licensed without bidding. I do agree on that. If just licenses to be given out to any one with fees, it does not need to be a big media organization to has it. It does not need the wider the margin so it can cover whatever the company has to pay government. At the end of the day, if he service provider got their licenses through bidding, the just going to add it up to whatever the end customer have to pay, and yes, the customer which is you and me have to shoulder that cost.
So, Hi-Tech enthusiasts... don't hold your breath... it will be a super long one and you might even need a respirator for that.
Here is what I got from Wikipedia. We are one of the countries that 3G is available... but yes, what is the point of having it available but cannot make a use out of it.
And here is what I found on one service provider website, it's just their way of advertising themselves. But I found it painfully true. Are we living in the Past.
And just to add more spice to the how behind we are, here is what I found on internet
•May 2001 first pre-commercial 3G network was launched in Japan
•March 2003 fully commercial in Europe (UK, Italy)
•2004 Commercially used in Africa
•December 2007, 344 networks were operating in 111 countries
•launched commercially on February 2007 in Iraq
•launched in China, North Korea and India in 2008
More reading on the case
from The Nation: Finance Minister Korn warns of danger if 3G auction goes ahead
from Bangkok Post: Thailand falling further behind
from Asia Correspondent: Thai telecom law & the 3G debacle