According to The Nation, the head of the broadcasting committee of the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) Natee Sukonrat confirmed this after his panel approved in principle the first draft information memorandum (IM) to govern the auction of 24 licences.

The draft IM involves required qualifications of bidders, auction methodology and the key processes ranging from invitations to and holding of the auction to the awarding of licences.

“The broadcasting committee needs to revise some details in this draft before its final approval next Monday to begin furthering the process of digitising the terrestrial TV broadcasting industry,” Natee said.

Once the IM is in place on August 27, 2013, potential bidders will be invited to apply for the spectrum auction. The broadcasting panel has set the application period for October 28-29, 2013, according to the report, and qualified bidders will be named within 45 days after the closure of applications.