Thailand's National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) has trimmed down the maximum amount of frequency a carrier can purchase in the upcoming 3G auction from 20 MHz to 15 MHz. The NBTC hopes that reduced competition will translate into lower spectrum acquisition costs for carriers and hence more affordable 3G services for consumers. The NBTC and the Thailand Development Research Institute (TDRI) differ on the effect this policy will have on competition. ABI Research believes that competition will likely lessen with a lowered ceiling.
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