Thailand

Last update: 11-03-2019 - older versions

A 20 month trial is expected to go on air in 2019 in Bangkok and the areas surrounding the capital, with a total of 11 stations set to take part in the trial. The first phase of the trial – the technical test – is expected to start in April 2019, and will be followed by the launch of basic services in July 2019.  Finally, the third and final phase of the trial – the launch of advanced services – is expected to be completed in 2020.

NBTC has developed the Frequency plan for Digital Radio Trial in Thailand, and now it is a process of  public consultation. The digital radio trial plan has been developed and would be implemented in the main cities once the plan is approved.

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.

According to the first Thailand Broadcasting Master Plan (2012-2016) digital terrestrial radio broadcasting services have to deploy in Thailand within five years after the adoption of the Master Plan. The first National Digital Economy (DE) plan (2016-2018) also states in the strategies for digital radio rollout that it should provide a digital radio network in Thailand within three year after adoption of DE plan.

DAB+ demonstrations began in Bangkok on 1st March 2013. 

 

 

Last update: 21-06-2018 - older versions

NBTC has developed the draft of Frequency Plan for Digital Radio Trial in Thailand with assisted by ITU. Using some available frequency channels on VHF band III,VHF Band III is now currently used by Analogue TV broadcasting services that will be available after Analogue TV Switch off in Thailand, the draft Digital Radio trial frequency plan will be proposed for approval. 

 

Last update: 20-03-2017 - older versions

NBTC has continuing cooperation with automotive manufacturers in Thailand such as organising focus group meeting on Digital Radio Strategies development plan, and will engage the automotive manufacturers and OEMs manufacturing vehicles once NBTC starts trial Digital Radio broadcasting services.

Last update: 29-09-2014

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

Last update: 11-03-2019 - 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 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).

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: 20-03-2017 - older versions

Emergency Warning Systems (EWS) policy would be considered in for Digital Radio Development plan in Thailand.

ABU teams up with NBTC-Thailand on Digital Radio Broadcasting capacity building
WorldDAB Members News - 13.12.2016 - National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission of Thailand - Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union (ABU) - Thailand - Thailand
Over one hundred participants took part in the capacity building session in Pattaya on December 2. They were mainly from government agencies, radio broadcasters, consumer organisations, media associations and other stakeholders from the Digital Radio broadcast technologies sector.
From Asia Radio Today:

ABU teams up with NBTC-Thailand on Digital Radio Broadcasting capacity building
WorldDAB Members News - 09.12.2016 - National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission of Thailand - Thailand - Thailand
Over one hundred participants took part in the capacity building session in Pattaya on 2 December 2016. They were mainly from government agencies, radio broadcasters, consumer organisations, media associations and other stakeholders from the Digital Radio broadcast technologies sector.
From ABU:

NBTC to start digital radio trial by 2018
WorldDAB Members News - 25.03.2016 - National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission of Thailand - Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union (ABU) - Thailand - Thailand
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.
From Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union:

Expat radio stations still thriving despite the internet
30.08.2015 - Australia - Australia - Switzerland - Switzerland - Belgium - Belgium - Thailand - Thailand
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.
From radioinfo:

Digital radio in Asia-Pacific
WorldDAB Members News - 31.05.2015 - Commercial Radio Australia - Australia - Australia - Myanmar - Myanmar - Thailand - Thailand
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.
From Asia Radio Today:

NBTC expected to adopt DAB+
WorldDAB Members News - 25.11.2014 - National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission of Thailand - 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.
From Bangkok Post:

RadioAsia2014: Successes and challenges for Asian radio
24.05.2014 - India - India - Malaysia - Malaysia - Hong Kong - Hong Kong - Thailand - Thailand - Bangladesh - Bangladesh
Saturday’s final session at RadioAsia 2014 saw eight panelists from around the world share their expertise.
From Asia Radio Today:

Norway is well ahead in the world
11.04.2014 - Norway - Norway - Thailand - Thailand
On Monday 7 April a delegation from Thailand’s radio and government visited NRK. They visited in order to see how things are done in the first country to officially announce that it will switch off FM. FM switch off could happen as early as 2017 as long as certain coverage and listening requirements are met. Thailand is also on the road to digitizing its radio industry and started on the process about a year ago.
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NBTC Moves Forward With Radio, TV Digitization
14.03.2014 - Thailand - Thailand
Thailand’s National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission will allocate existing analog TV frequencies for digital radio later this year, according to the Bangkok Post.
From Radio World:

Interview: Col Natee Sukonrat, Thailand's NBTC
07.03.2014 - Thailand - Thailand
Last month, Thailand revealed plans to roll-out digital radio in 2015 preceded by a year-long trial. Asia Radio Today spoke to Col. Natee Sukonrat, Vice-Chairman of the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) to find out more.
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