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CAT, TOT merger to be completed by January 7


The merger of CAT Telecom and TOT will be completed on January 7, 2021, after the Cabinet approved an extension from December 14 specified earlier.

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The Ministry of Digital Economy and Society (DES) said on Monday morning that
DES minister Buddhipongse Punnakanta had confirned that the merger was underway. The new state enterprise, “NT Telecom”, formed by the merger of CAT Telecom and TOT, will be completed on time.
The minister added that he would discuss with the Minister of Finance, TOT's big shareholder, and the State Enterprise Policy Office for nominations to NT's board of directors. This board will be in charge of choosing the chief executive officer, he added.
Also, the minister has set three phases of operation after the merger is successful in January. He explained that all business units under NT Telecom would work in unity within the last phase.
Buddhipongse revealed that NT Telecom would have assets worth over Bt300 billion in value. The assets mainly include over 25,000 telecommunication towers nationwide, underwater cables, radio frequency, underground conduits with around 4,000 kilometres of total length, fiber optic cables with 4 million core kilometres of length, 13 data centres across the nation, and an international phone system.

Published : December 14, 2020

By : THE NATION