Thailand - Details of Trials - History

11.03.2019

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 will be 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 will go on-air in April 2019 covering Bangkok and the immediate vicinity, and will last for a period of 20 months, until end 2021. The trial network will consist of one DAB+ multiplex with a capacity of up to 18 services. There will be a total of 11 trial services (programmes) on air with the trial, including one test channel. The top 10 most popular commercial radio channels will broadcast alongside public services covering traffic information, and will include also the major incumbent radio broadcasters (RTA, MCOT, and PRD).

17.08.2017

As NBTC plans to start Digital Radio DAB+ trial in 2017, the number of trial multiplexes and services will be defined and finalised once the trial project is approved. NBTC and ITU  have developed the study report on “Practical Guidelines for a Digital Radio” as a guideline for  implementation in the trial phase.


In 2013 the first DAB+ transmission demonstration in Thailand was conducted at MCOT’s broadcasting facility and enabled broadcasters in Bangkok to get first-hand experience and a better understanding of DAB+ digital radio technology. The demonstration used the VHF Band III (12D – 229.072MHz) with a low power (about 50W) and provided services for four programs.

WorldDAB article on Thailand (May 2017).

20.03.2017

As NBTC plans to start Digital Radio DAB+ trial in 2017, the number of trial multiplexes and services will be defined and finalised once the trial project is approved. NBTC and ITU  have developed the study report on “Practical Guidelines for a Digital Radio” as a guideline for  implementation in the trial phase.


In 2013 the first DAB+ transmission demonstration in Thailand was conducted at MCOT’s broadcasting facility and enabled broadcasters in Bangkok to get first-hand experience and a better understanding of DAB+ digital radio technology. The demonstration used the VHF Band III (12D – 229.072MHz) with a low power (about 50W) and provided services for four programs.