Thailand

Last update: 27-09-2019 - older versions

In April 2019, a 20 month trial was launched in Bangkok and the areas surrounding the capital. 

The trial network consists of one DAB+ multiplex with a capacity of up to 18 services. There is a total of 11 trial services (stations) on air with the trial, including the top ten most popular commercial radio stations, and one test channel.

The final phase of the trial – the launch of advanced services – is expected to be completed in 2020.

The objective of the trial is to discover appropriate network parameters in different environments, and to demonstrate interference-free audio, business models, introduce new data services on DAB+ including slideshow, data, emergency warning, EPG, and pop-up services.

NBTC and ITU have joint project on Roadmap Development for Digital Terrestrial Radio Roll Out in Thailand. The study report “Deployment Strategies for Digital Radio Services in Thailand” is available on at ttps://broadcast.nbtc.go.th/data/academic/file/600300000002.pdf.

 

 

Last update: 27-09-2019 - older versions

The trial that was launched in Thailand in April 2019 is currently on air, and covers the capital city Bangkok and the areas surrounding the city.

 

Last update: 27-09-2019 - older versions

NBTC has continuing cooperation with automotive manufacturers in Thailand such as organising focus group meeting on Digital Radio Strategies development plan.

In Thailand, 35% of radio listening takes place in the car.

Last update: 29-09-2014

NBTC has consulted with radio receiver manufacturers for sourcing digital radio receivers.

Last update: 27-09-2019 - older versions

The frequency plan for the DAB+ digital radio trial starting in 2019 covers 10 cities (9 provices) – Bangkok, Chiangmai, Kon Kaen, Nakorn Ratchasima, Sriracha, Pattaya, Prachaup Khiri Khan, Nakorn Si Thammarat, Songkla and Phuket.

The objective of the trial is to discover appropriate network parameters in different environments, and to demonstrate interference free audio, business models, introduce new data services on DAB+ including slideshow, data, emergency warning, EPG, and pop-up services.

The initial trial started in April 2019 covering Bangkok and the immediate vicinity, and it will last for a period of 20 months, until end 2021.

The trial network consists of one DAB+ multiplex with a capacity of up to 18 services. There is a total of 11 trial services (stations) on air with the trial, including the top ten most popular commercial radio stations, and one test channel.

Last update: 20-03-2017 - older versions

The first Thailand Broadcasting Master Plan (2012-2016) states strategies for terrestrial digital radio roll-out with key objectives:

  • Roadmap and policy for digital terrestrial radio roll-out within two years, after the adoption of the Master Plan
  • Broadcasting spectrum management policy and plan, as well as spectrum licensing framework for digital radio broadcasting within three years
  • At least 80% of households in major cities will be able to access digital terrestrial broadcast within five year

The first National Digital Economy (DE) plan (2016-2018) also states the strategies for Digital Radio rollout that it should provide digital radio network in Thailand within three years after adoption of DE plan.

Last update: 27-09-2019 - older versions

 

Chiang Mai University introduces DAB+ broadcasting for emergency warning
WorldDAB Members News - 31.10.2019 - Paneda - Thailand - Thailand
The faculty of Mass Communication at Chiang Mai University has partnered with Paneda to use DAB+ digital radio technology for testing its potential for emergency warnings. The trial phase is set to start in the near future.
From Chiangrai:

Broadcasters from across Southeast Asia assemble for DAB+ workshop
WorldDAB Members News - 28.07.2019 - National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission of Thailand - Thailand - Thailand
Radio experts from several countries across the ASEAN region attended the workshop on digital radio services implementation and business Models which took place on July 24 at Bangkok, Thailand. Speaking via video link, WorldDAB Vice President and CEO of Commercial Radio Australia Joan Warner congratulated Thailand on leading the way in the region following the launch of 20-month trial in Bangkok and the areas surrounding the capital, with a total of 11 stations on air.
From Asia Radio Today:

ASEAN broadcasters assemble in Bangkok for DAB+ workshop
25.07.2019 - Thailand - Thailand
Radio experts from across ASEAN attended yesterday's workshop on "Digital Radio Services, Implementation and Business Models" organised jointly by the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC), the Royal Thai Army (RTA), the Government Public Relations Department (PRO) and WorldDAB.

DAB+ trials announced in Thailand and Vietnam
WorldDAB Members News - 11.03.2019 - National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission of Thailand - Thailand - Thailand - Vietnam - Vietnam
A 20 month trial is expected to go on air in and around Bangkok this year, with a total of 11 stations set to take part in the trial.Vietnam is also ready to proceed with a further DAB+ to evaluate coverage parameters and test signal and sound quality in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh. The trial is due to start in April 2019.
From Asia Radio Today:

Thailand and Vietnam announce DAB+ trials
07.03.2019 - Thailand - Thailand - Vietnam - Vietnam
NBTC Thailand and Voice of Vietnam both provided further details and timelines for the planned DAB+ trials at this week’s ABU Digital Broadcasting Symposium in Kuala Lumpur. A 20 month trial is expected to go on air this year in and around Bangkok, while Vietnam is now ready to proceed with its second DAB+ trial in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh in April 2019.
From WorldDAB:

Factum Radioscape provides first national DAB+ head-end system for Thailand
WorldDAB Members News - 24.01.2019 - Factum Radioscape - Thailand - Thailand
Factum Radioscape's ENMUXA will be the first DAB+ head end system in the Thailand. The redundant encoding, multiplexing and monitoring system is currently being installed in Bangkok and is expected to go on air in coming weeks.
From Factum Radioscape:

Paneda awarded first DAB head-end system in Thailand
26.09.2018 - Thailand - Thailand
Paneda has been awarded to provide the first DAB head-end system in Thailand, the system includes a fully redundant system including the unique Paneda SMART content switching. This first DAB system will be on-air by the end of the year and starts in Bangkok. Thailand will continue to roll out DAB networks across Thailand, starting 2019. "This first order for DAB+ head-end systems in Thailand is a big step into digitisation of radio in Thailand, and we are proud to be selected as provider of the DAB technology," Paneda Asia Sales Manager Anupon Tajawanno said.
From Paneda:

The CMTSX7: Sony's coolest sound system yet
WorldDAB Members News - 09.10.2017 - Sony Home Entertainment & Sound Products Inc. - Thailand - Thailand
Sony CMTSX7 is a multifunction Hi-Fi system with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth technology that has powerful and good-quality sounds and gives you networked speakers. The SX7 is a CD player, FM tuner, DAB digital radio receiver, Bluetooth speaker system...
From ThaiVisa News:

Sony's coolest sound system yet
WorldDAB Members News - 26.08.2017 - Sony Home Entertainment & Sound Products Inc. - Thailand - Thailand
The SX7 is a CD player, FM tuner, DAB digital radio receiver, Bluetooth speaker system, Wi-Fi speaker system, USB music player, USB DAC speaker system for your computer, and a Chromecast speaker system with Chromecast built in..
From The Nation:

Joan Warner at Radio Asia: Radio's future is multi-platform
WorldDAB Members News - 26.04.2017 - Commercial Radio Australia - Thailand - Thailand - Australia - Australia
At RadioAsia 2017, Joan Warner from Commercial Radio Australia discussed the success of radio in Australia, focusing on innovative radio content creation, and commented: “Radio businesses need to continue moving forward while keeping their deep connections with their audiences,” she said, but warned that broadcasting needs to remain free to air and “not be controlled by gatekeepers such as internet providers... Radio’s future is multi-platform but the core business model for the foreseeable future is in free to air broadcasting.”
From Asia Radio Today:

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Status: trial and/or regulation
Population: 65.9 million
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Last update: 20.03.2017

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