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Thailand in Turmoil

Ray Le Maistre

4:30 AM -- Thailand is struggling to set out a clear telecom development roadmap, according to local reports.

The country's 3G license debacle has been going on for some time: Privately held operators were denied the opportunity to bid for 3G licenses by a court injunction in September, and are now looking to use existing spectrum to launch 3G services, reports Reuters. (See Thai Court Halts 3G Plan.)

Now the Thai government has outlined a national broadband policy, and is looking to get the country's fixed-line players to sign a memorandum of understanding (MoU) and get involved in creating a national broadband network.

However, the plan has been criticized as being limited, lacking detail, and labeled a "political ploy," reports The Bangkok Post.

— Ray Le Maistre, International Managing Editor, Light Reading

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