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Thailand : THAILAND: MCOT soon to begin its pay-TV trial on the 2.6GHz spectrum band.

The Thai state-owned broadcasting firm MCOT is reportedly planning to initiate a testing on its planned pay-TV service by the use of 2.6GHz spectrum band bandwidth.

The company has secured the network code from the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC), and this has allowed it to launch the service on wireless broadband technology on an experimental basis, according to the local media.

Now MCOT will begin discussions on prospective cooperation with the pay-TV marketing partner Playwork for the service roll out.

The Bangkok-based state broadcaster has revealed that the firm later on will carry out talks on surrendering piece of its 2.5GHz bandwidth to the NBTC to be allotted again through auction.

The commission takes back spectrum awarded to the state agencies in the event of their right to use expiration for reallocation purposes. But, it offers compensation to the state agencies in case the spectrum is reclaimed prior to the expiry of right to use.

At present, MCOT operates free-to-air terrestrial TV channels and satellite television channels, together with a set of national, provincial and international radio stations.

Thailand-based telecom firms AIS and True last year decided to cooperate with MCOT in order to run trial operations of a mobile-based pay-TV service on the 2.6GHz band using the LTE technology.

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Date:May 30, 2017
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