Thailand

Last update: 01.06.2020 - 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 13 trial stations currently on air with the trial.

NBTC plan to extend the DAB+ trial in Bangkok for 3 years, and in 2020, it is expected NBTCwill expand DAB+ trial services and coverage to regional areas in the North, North-East, Central, and South of Thailand.

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 https://broadcast.nbtc.go.th/data/academic/file/600300000002.pdf

 

 

Last update: 01.06.2020 - older versions

DAB+ coverage in Bangkok is approximately 14% of population, with mobile covering around 10.4 million people, and portable indoor coverage covering around 9.5 millions people.

In this country there is

on air.

Simulcast on AM / FM Exclusive on digital Total of services
DAB+ programmes 11 1 12

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

 

Thai radio plans to move to digital broadcasting
26.04.2017 - National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission of Thailand WorldDAB Member - Thailand Thailand
Speaking at the RadioAsia 2017 Conference in Thailand, the Chairman of the country's regulator NBTC, Colonel Sukonrat outlined some the problems currently being experienced by the Thai radio industry. "There are too many stations, especially the trial stations; there is frequency interference; and there are delays in technological development... Radio is a crucial means of communication in Thailand," he said, telling delegates there are 193 AM stations on air, 313 FM stations and 5418 FM trial stations.

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Thailand Hosts RadioAsia 2017 Conference
23.04.2017 - Thailand Thailand
From 26 to 28 April 2017 over 300 radio media practitioners, policy makers, and academics from across the Asia-Pacific region and beyond will gather in Bangkok for the RadioAsia 2017 Conference. Organised jointly by the Government Public Relations Department (PRD), which represents the National Broadcasting Services of Thailand (NBT), and the Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union (ABU), the event will explore the major aspects of the theme the "Creating Radio with Passion: Looking into the World of Radio”. WorldDAB will host a DAB+ workshop at the start of the Conference on 26 April.

(Thailand PRD) Read more


WorldDAB announces workshop agenda for RadioAsia 2017
07.04.2017 - WorldDAB News - National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission of Thailand WorldDAB Member - Thailand Thailand
WorldDAB has announced the line-up for its DAB+ workshop, taking place at the start of RadioAsia 2017 in Bangkok. With Thailand recently announcing plans to launch digital radio in 2018, the programme includes key speakers from the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC). The workshop takes place from 09:00-12:30 on April the 26th.

(C+T magazine) Read more


WorldDAB Workshop Agenda Set for RadioAsia
05.04.2017 - Thailand Thailand
With Thailand planning to launch digital radio in 2018, WorldDAB will bring in speakers from the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission, including Col. Dr. Natee Sunkonrat, vice-chair of NBTC and chair of the National Broadcasting...

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WorldDAB Hosts DAB+ Workshop During RadioAsia 2017
05.04.2017 - Thailand Thailand
With Thailand recently announcing plans to launch digital radio in 2018, the program includes key speakers from that country’s National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission..

(Radio magazine) Read more


WorldDAB announces workshop agenda for Radio Asia 2017
04.04.2017 - WorldDAB News - Thailand Thailand
WorldDAB has announced the line-up for its DAB+ workshop, taking place at the start of RadioAsia 2017 in Bangkok. With Thailand recently announcing plans to launch digital radio in 2018, the programme includes key speakers from the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC).

Read more


WorldDAB workshop agenda announced for RadioAsia 2017
04.04.2017 - WorldDAB News - Thailand Thailand
The agenda has been revealed for WorldDAB's DAB+ workshop, taking place at the start of RadioAsia 2017 in Bangkok. With Thailand recently announcing plans to launch digital radio in 2018, the programme includes key speakers from the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC).

(Radioinfo ) Read more


WorldDAB announces workshop agenda for RadioAsia 2017
04.04.2017 - WorldDAB News - Thailand Thailand
The agenda for WorldDAB's DAB+ workshop, taking place at the start of RadioAsia 2017 in Bangkok, has been revealed. Building on the success of the DAB+ workshop at ABU DBS in March, the half-day programme includes commercial radio case studies, updates on DAB+ transmission and receiver equipment and the radio spectrum challenge in South East Asia.

(Asia Radio Today) Read more


Thailand settles on DAB+
03.04.2017 - National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission of Thailand WorldDAB Member - Thailand Thailand
Thailand’s National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission plans to launch digital radio in 2018 and has recently stated that guidelines will be finalised before the start of a DAB+ nationwide trial.

(Radio World) Read more


Thailand to launch digital radio in 2018
24.03.2017 - National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission of Thailand WorldDAB Member - Thailand Thailand
Thailand's National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) plans to launch digital radio in 2018 and states that guidelines should be finalised before the start of a nationwide trial.

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Key Information

Status: trial and/or regulation
Population: 69.7 million
Population coverage: Sparkline Graph 14%
Services: 12 DAB+
Last update: 05.06.2020

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