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Minister still waiting for an explanation on TOT-NBTC spat

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Minister still waiting for an explanation on TOT-NBTC spat 

By The Nation

 

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Digital Economy and Society Minister Buddhipongse Punakanta

 

Digital Economy and Society Minister Buddhipongse Punakanta said he was still waiting for an official report from TOT Public Co Ltd in relation to the National Broadcasting and Telecommunication Commission (NBTC) cancelling three contracts with TOT for installing broadband internet services in border areas.

 

He added that his office has written to TOT asking about facts related to the situation, damages incurred by the cancellation and names of the persons responsible. 

 

The ministry will study all aspects carefully, he said, adding that he believes NBTC must have valid reasons for cancelling the contracts. 

 

The three contracts are part of a Bt6.48-billion project ensuring internet access in border areas, which TOT won. The project aims to provide mobile telephone signal and broadband internet services via 391 Universal Service Obligation (USO) net centres to 3,920 villages in border areas in the North and Northeast. 

 

Since TOT was unable to complete the project on September 15 as scheduled, NBTC secretary-general Takorn Tantasith wrote to TOT president Monchai Noosong cancelling the contracts and subsequently blacklisting TOT from participating in any future e-bids related to the NBTC as per the Procurement Regulations and Guidelines for Government Agencies.

 

Takorn further added that TOT had also failed to provide quality fibre-optic wires for mobile telephone signals according to the agreed terms of reference. 

 

“TOT used cheaper wires from China instead of locally made ones as per the agreement,” he said.

 

Source: https://www.nationthailand.com/news/30377243

 

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5 hours ago, webfact said:

Since TOT was unable to complete the project on September 15 as scheduled, NBTC secretary-general Takorn Tantasith wrote to TOT president Monchai Noosong cancelling the contracts and subsequently blacklisting TOT from participating in any future e-bids related to the NBTC as per the Procurement Regulations and Guidelines for Government Agencies.

 

Takorn further added that TOT had also failed to provide quality fibre-optic wires for mobile telephone signals according to the agreed terms of reference. 

 

“TOT used cheaper wires from China instead of locally made ones as per the agreement,” he said

Ooop's bet they weren't expecting that to happen.... Someone at T.O.T is going to have his ass kicked into next year for this one !

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7 hours ago, webfact said:

official report from TOT Public Co Ltd in relation to the National Broadcasting and Telecommunication Commission (NBTC) cancelling three contracts with TOT

The interrelationships between the Thai government and its state-owned enterprises just defeats any form of free legitimate enterprise. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/TOT_Public_Company_Limited

In these related party transactions how can corruption not dominate, ie., through collusion?

The responsibility for transparency and accountability to the rule of law surely cannot be adhered to by the government when the Head of Government PM is chairman of the Super Committee overseeing state-owned enterprises.

I appreciate Minister Buddhipongse Punakanta waiting for an official report from TOT but really to what end? He is part of the Prayut government and, therefore, part of the conflict of interest that must necessarily exist between the government and its state-owned enterprises.

  • Give NBTC one week to respond and failing to do so make a complaint to the allegedly independent NACC (investigates political crimes such as abuse of power by elected officials). Then count the number of days before he either has to make an apology or resign. But at least the effort would be honorable.

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