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Court gives AIS one month to migrate 400,000 2G subscribers

hailand’s Central Administrative Court has given Advanced Info Service (AIS) one month to migrate its remaining 2G subscribers to other operators or services.

AIS released a statement late on Tuesday night confirming the court had extended an injunction which gives the company until midnight April 14 to end its 2G service.

The statement said the injunction should be sufficient time to allow AIS subscribers to upgrade to either its 3G or 4G services.

AIS has been trying to migrate nearly 13 million 2G customers to 3G or 4G services ever since it lost the 900MHz spectrum auction to True Move in December.

The company has managed to migrate 5 million customers to other services, while it has agreed a deal for a further 7.6 million customers to use DTAC’s 2G service.

However, as of Tuesday morning, there were still 400,000 subscribers which had not been migrated and faced being cut off from using AIS services.

On Monday, AIS executives were forced to seek a court injunction after Thailand’s telecoms regulator, the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) refused to extend the original March 15 deadline.

Late on Tuesday it was announced that the court ruled in favour of AIS, saying that the previous ruling was issued with such short notice that the company should be given more time to ensure it can migrate the remaining subscribers.

Thai Tech

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