The National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) has confirmed its readiness to open the bid for the 3G license on the 2.1-gigahertz spectrum on October 16, 2012.

In preparation for the bidding process, the NBTC has sought assistance from the Royal Thai Police and the Metropolitan Electricity Authority (MEA) in a bid to make sure there will be no disruption during the bidding.

NBTC Secretary-General Thakorn Tantasit said the commission has taken the advice from the consultant company, Power Auction, to reinforce security measures, given how loose the current security system is.

The newly-adjusted security operation will begin on October 1 while more police officers will be deployed in the event of protest. The MEA will also provide back-up power in case a power outage occurs on the bidding day.

According to Mr. Thakorn, the NBTC will be spending no more than 30 million baht in running the bidding process. More than 3 bidders are expected to compete with one another for the license.

Each bidder must pay an application fee of 500,000 baht plus insurance money of 1.35 billion baht before September 27. The names of eligible companies will be disclosed on October 10.

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