Prof. Setthaporn Koosripitak

Prof. Setthaporn Koosripitak

National Telecommunications Commissioner

Date of Birth: 31 July 1941

  • Bachelor of Political Science (Honour), Chulalongkorn University (1965)
  • Master of Development Administration (Honour), National Institute of Development Administration (NIDA) (1968)
  • M.A. (University of Florida), Royal Thai Government Scholarship for Post & Telegraph Department (1972)
  • National Defence College of Thailand (NDC 7)
Work Experience
  • Lecturer, National Institute of Development Administration (NIDA) (1968 - 1972)
  • Transferred to Post & Telegraph Department and assigned important positions (1972)
    • Department Secretary, Director of the Planning Division
    • Director of the Bureau of Radio Frequency Management, Deputy Director-General
  • Director-General, Post & Telegraph Department (1997 - 2001)
Special Honours
  • Visiting Professor, Department of Journalism and Mass Communciation, Thammasat University (1996)
  • Two Certificates for Best Researcher awarded by the National Research Council of Thailand (1979 and 1982)
  • Best Person in Telecommunications awarded by the Telecommunications Association of Thailand (2000)
Trainings and Seminars
  • Telecommunication Management Course in Japan (1985)
  • Telecommunication Planning and Decision Making Course (USTTI) (1986)
  • Telecommunication Planning and Decision Making Course (USTTI) (1986)
  • Telecommunication Regulator Course, UK (1993)
Other important experiences
  • National Radio Frequency Coordination and Management Commissioner
  • National Radio and Television Broadcasting Services Commissioner
  • National Science and Technology Development Commissioner
  • Head of the Delegates, and Delegate to the International Conference on Telecommunications of ITU, INTELSAT, WTO, APEC
  • Chairman of the Special Sub-committee for Data Protection Law
          Prof. Setthaporn Koosripitak has expressed his vision as follows: “The fast changes and continued developments in digital telecommunication technology have led to new telecommunications services such as e-commerce services and mobile phone service that is approaching the 3G era as well as the increased use of radio frequency.” – part of the vision of Setthaporn Koosripitak, former Director-General of the Post & Telegraph Department.
The development of telecommunication technology from multimedia to multiservice will create a challenge for separating the type of services for legislation, licensing, and oversight. The change in telecommunication economy from monopolistic to competitive system following the WTO agreement will require rules and regulations on competition. Laws regarding monopolies must be abolished and laws to allow domestic and global competition must be introduced.
          During the period in which Thailand’s telecommunications services were being reformed according to Section 40 of the Constitution, there was a pause for telecommunication development in Thailand and there was little development and unfair competition between service providers, resulting from inefficient regulation. There was also the problem of telecommunication network pricing, PPP contract conversion between the public and private sectors, and unequal access to telecommunications services by service users who were not protected.

          To ensure its integrity and confidence at domestic and global levels, the NTC must set out modern work management system, adhere to transparency principle, increase work flexibility, increase expertise and creativity at work with quality and ethics by promoting stakeholder engagement through increased information disclosure. The NTC must promote and increase the potential of telecommunications services in Thailand. What the NTC must do within a year is to establish regulations to allow free and fair competition, create consumer protection mechanism, solve the network connection pricing issue, prepare to increase freedom in telecommunications services, and prevent monopolization of the business.

          Within three years, the NTC must consider revising the regulations regarding the licensing and oversight to be more relevant and appropriate. It must manage the Telecommunications Service Development Fund for the Public Interest and promote human development in the field of telecommunications. Within five years, the NTC must establish a mechanism for cooperation between the public and private sectors as well as with international organizations to promote research and development in technology and telecommunications industry.

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