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Thailand Consumer Council to petition against True-Dtac merger plan

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The Thailand Consumer Council (TCC) is planning to submit a petition to the country’s telecom regulator against the planned merger between True and Dtac, two of the three major mobile phone service providers in Thailand, out of concerns that the merger will lead to telecom market control and unfair competition, which will not benefit consumers.


TCC Secretary-General Saree Aongsomwang said today (Tuesday) that they will submit letters to the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) and the Trade Competition Commission to inform them formally of the council’s disagreement with the merger plan which, she pointed out, will give the new combined entity a 52% market share in Thailand, compared to 44% held by Advanced Info Services (AIS).


True and Dtac currently hold six spectrum licenses each, for 1,420 and 990 MHz frequencies, and have 32 million and 19.3 million mobile phone subscribers respectively, while AIS has five spectrum licenses for 270 MHz frequencies and 43.7 million subscribers.


Full Story: https://www.thaipbsworld.com/thailand-consumer-council-to-petition-against-true-dtac-merger-plan/


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I have a True SIM and a DTac SIM, always offereing me very competitive deals. If they merge, the price is bound to go up if they are not competing. I had no idea AIS was way ahead in subscriber numbers. AIS seems to be the least foreigner-friendly service, with DTac in first place.

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On 11/24/2021 at 12:09 PM, trainman34014 said:

Since when did any Thai big business care about what's good for customers ?

Since when did any big business anywhere in the world care about what's good for customers. That's where government intervention becomes necessary even in the freest of nations. Big business has one goal - to make as much profit as possible, so the closer they can get to being a monopoly, the better for business.

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