The Thai government is planning to renegotiate telecoms concessions signed under previous administrations in a move that could further delay the country’s long-anticipated auction of third generation mobile phone licences.

“We have a legacy of different concessions being given by different state agencies to different people on different terms,” Korn Chatikavanij, the finance minister, told the Financial Times in an interview. “We want to provide a standardisation so that free and fair competition could exist and the private sector could have a greater level of confidence to make the kind of investments we want to see.”

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The granting of Thailand’s original telecoms concessions under previous governments was fraught with accusations of undue political influence being wielded.

via FT.com / Telecoms – Further delay to 3G licences in Thailand.

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