Junta suspends Thailand's digital TV subsidy scheme
| 20 June 2014
The distribution of digital TV subsidy coupons in Thailand has been suspended while the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) examines the transparency and functions of the regulatory.
The discount coupon scheme has received complaints because of the high discount price of THB1,000 per coupon, claims the National News Bureau of Thailand.
The suspension of the coupon distribution scheme, along with that of two spectrum auctions to provide 4G mobile services, and the universal service obligation fund to provide basic telecommunications infrastructure, have drawn heavy criticism from operators, reports the Bangkok Post.
Thailand will now face opportunity loss of up to US$4 billion due to the junta's temporary suspension of the 4G spectrum auctions, industry analysts have claimed.