NBTC commissioner pleased with strong interest

NBTC commissioner pleased with strong interest


Supinya Klangnarong, a commissioner of National Broadcasting and Telecommunication Commission (NBTC), said in her tweets that the strong interest for the digital TV bidding guarantees that the auction can proceed as planned, as competition is guaranteed.

“If the number of bidders match the number of available licenses, the auction can’t take place or it will cause commotion like the 3G -related auction,” she said.

Still, the NBTC is yet to wait until October when bids are actually submitted. Then, the bidders will fall under a shareholding scrutiny, to see if a nominee is involved.

She said that academic supports would be secured for the scrutiny.

A total of 33 companies have bought 49 sets of bid document, vying to win the 24 available digital TV licenses to be auctioned next month.

According to the NBTC, 12 companies are showing interest to bid for the 7 available high-definition licenses; 17 companies for the 7 standard-definition variety channel licenses; 12 companies for 7 news channel licenses; and 8 companies for 3 kid channel licenses.

Bidders will submit prices during October 28-29.