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 Edges Closer to DAB+
12.03.2013 - Thailand Thailand
“This workshop initiated by the NBTC was an opportunity for Thailand, especially the radio broadcasters and the Thai people, to learn about digital radio technologies,” said Colonel Dr. Natee Sukonrat, the vice chairman of the NBTC.

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Thailand plans for digital radio
07.03.2013 - Thailand Thailand
Thailand's National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission has indicated that it will likely use Australia's digital radio system as a model to migrate from analog, according to the Bangkok Post.

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DAB+ Digital Radio Transmission Demonstration in Bangkok
05.03.2013 - Thailand Thailand
DAB+ digital radio will be broadcasting live for the first time in Bangkok.

(www.bayerndigitalradio.de) Read more


NBTC mulls digital radio spectrum
05.03.2013 - Thailand Thailand
Thailand's National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) is considering allocating spectrum for digital radio next year.

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Thailand Plans for Digital Radio
05.03.2013 - Thailand Thailand
The chairman of the NBTC's broadcasting committee, Col Natee Sukonrat, said the regulator is studying the digital radio transition in Australia, which according to the article is the country that is viewed as the most successful in implementing the scheme.

(Radio magazine (press release)) Read more


DAB+ transmission demonstration in Bangkok
05.03.2013 - Thailand Thailand
Using DAB equipment and expertise from Australia and Europe where digital radio is on air, the three-day Workshop in Bangkok from 1 to 3 March 2013, will include a live field test demonstration in and around Bangkok.

(Radioinfo (subscription)) Read more


DAB+ transmission demonstration in Bangkok
05.03.2013 - Thailand Thailand
Using DAB equipment and expertise from Australia and Europe where digital radio is on air, the three-day Workshop in Bangkok from 1 to 3 March 2013, will include a live field test demonstration in and around Bangkok.

(Radioinfo (subscription)) Read more


DAB+ Digital Radio Transmission Demonstration in Bangkok
01.03.2013 - WorldDAB News - Thailand Thailand
DAB+ digital radio will be broadcasting live for the first time in Bangkok tomorrow as part of a three-day technology Workshop and demonstration jointly organised by the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC), Thailand, and the International Telecommunication Union (ITU).

(WorldDMB) Read more


Digital radio mulled for 2013
01.03.2013 - Thailand Thailand
Natee Sukonrat, vice chairman of the NBTC and chairman of the broadcasting committee, said that this year the committee would test-launch digital radio once every six months. Next year it might allocate an unused VHF spectrum for digital radio.

(The Nation) Read more


Aussie digital model urged
01.03.2013 - Thailand Thailand
Thailand will likely use Australia's digital radio system as a model to migrate from analogue, says the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC).

(Bangkok Post) Read more


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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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