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

 

Thailand settles on DAB+
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DAB+ in Bangkok, Thailand
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NBTC to start digital radio trial by 2018
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Natee Sukonrat, chairman of the NBTC’s broadcasting committee, said the agency is studying guidelines for the planned switching to digital, which is expected to be complete before the start-up of a trial.

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Expat radio stations still thriving despite the internet
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Expat stations have many problems: not least, non-existent or fatally flawed research figures, and sometimes quite draconian broadcast law and ownership rules that differ from ‘back home’. That said, there are significant opportunities with new technologies, like DAB+ and online, to better serve expat communities.

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Digital radio in Asia-Pacific
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During the RadioAsia 2015 conference in Myanmar, Commercial Radio Australia CEO Joan Warner shared the story of digital radio in Australia, and how radio companies cannot solely rely on telecommunication companies to provide reliable streaming services.

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NBTC expected to adopt DAB+
25.11.2014 - National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission of Thailand WorldDAB Member - Thailand Thailand
The National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) is likely to adopt digital audio broadcasting (DAB) technology for digital radio in Thailand. DAB technology is used for radio broadcasting in Australia and several European countries. DAB+ is the latest version, and a study by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) said DAB+ was a realistic option for Thailand.

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Saturday’s final session at RadioAsia 2014 saw eight panelists from around the world share their expertise.

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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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