Thailand to end Thaicom monopoly in 2021, welcome foreign satellite operators and reallocate 300 MHz of C-band

by Peter B. de Selding

BANGKOK — Thailand’s satellite regulatory regime, after years of uncertainty, is undergoing a sweeping overhaul designed to break the monopoly of Thaicom, encourage the entry of non-Thai fleet operators and reallocate, to 5G mobile networks, 300 MHz of C-band spectrum now reserved for satellite services.

Questions remain about certain details of the transition, to occur by September 2021. But the clear intent is to abandon the monopoly concession that has benefited Thaicom but also imposed hefty concession fees in favor of a licensing regime.

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