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No telecom licence needed for new Line Mobile phone service: NBTC

Jul 04. 2017
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By The Nation

The office of the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission has concluded that the upcoming Line Mobile phone service does not need to apply for a telecom licence, as it does not fall into the category of a telecom business operation.

NBTC secretary-general Takorn Tantasith said on Tuesday that based on the regulator’s examination of the service, Line Mobile was merely a new mobile-phone service package of DTAC TriNet, a subsidiary of Total Access Communication (DTAC).

The NBTC recently held meetings with representatives of DTAC TriNet and Line messaging apps service provider Line Plus Corp to establish whether the planned Line Mobile service, which will be launched on DTAC TriNet’s mobile-phone network, needed to apply for a telecom licence. 

As part of the inquiry, Line Company (Thailand) clarified with the NBTC that it was not the company that would be offering the Line Mobile service, but DTAC TriNet.

It added that DTAC TriNet had purchased from it the right to use the name Line Mobile for the planned service.

Takorn said the NBTC would look into the matter again once the Line Mobile service was launched to check that the ways the service is offered match what both companies had declared.

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