NBTC’s Proposed Revisions to Foreign Dominance Restrictions

The Bangkok Post reported on 7 February 2012 that the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) is revising its regulations on foreign dominance restrictions for Thai telecom operations.  Under the existing regulations, "the rule is aimed at curbing foreign dominance of Thai telecom operators", with foreign dominance generally defined as the "direct or indirect control over policies and the appointment of directors and high-ranking management".  Click here for a discussion on the foreign dominance restrictions for Thai telecom operations.  

Foreign participants in the Thai telecom market have expressed concern about the existing regulations' ambiguous rules and, according to Sethapong Malisuwan, the NBTC's vice-chairman, some items might be scrapped because they run counter to national security interests.  The NBTC plans to hold a public hearing on is three draft master plans on Friday, 10 February 2012, according to Thares Punsri, the chairman of the NBTC.  For more information on the NBTC, click here.