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Talks with mobile phone operators may yield ‘totally free’ service

Negotiations with mobile phone operators are nearly complete on measures to help users alleviate their financial burden amid the Covid-19 crisis, National Broadcasting and Telecommunication Commission (NBTC) secretary-general Thakorn Tanthasit said on his Facebook page on Sunday.

“We have achieved 90 per cent progress in talks with telecom operators,” he said. “The NBTC aims to get a higher discount in service fees as previously discussed [at 10-30 per cent].

“We could be looking at a totally free service with no burden on the government or the NBTC. If everything goes smoothly, this should come into effect on May 1, right after the ‘free’ Internet campaign ends on April 30.”

He was referring to the NBTC-sponsored campaign running from April 10-30, which provides eligible users 10 gigabytes of mobile data free for 30 days.

“The free service will be granted only to Thai nationals; foreigners and juristic persons will not be eligible,” he added. “Please stand by for more details, which should be announced in the next few days.”

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