ICT minister to hold meetings on satellite industry reform

The Information and Communications Technology Minister Uttama Savanayana, on September 12, will hold a meeting with relevant state agencies to discuss ways to reform the satellite industry, following the Cabinet’s recent acknowledgement of its reform proposal. The reform includes the ministry’s plan to bring the existing licensed Thaicom 7 and 8 satellites into the concession regime. Currently both satellites operate under the single licence of the licensing system of the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission. The minister will meet with the State Enterprise Policy Office and the National Economic and Social Development Board to discuss having the Thaicom 7 and 8 satellites operate under concession contracts and |get them to comply with the law, including the Public-Private Join Venture Act of 2013.

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