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.

NBTC to allocate TV and radio licenses together
05.03.2014 - Thailand - Thailand
Thailand's National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) will allocate existing analogue TV frequencies to use with digital radio later this year, the Bangkok Post reported.
From Telecompaper (subscription):

NBTC to sync digital radio with TV broadcast roll-out
04.03.2014 - Thailand - Thailand
The National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) will allocate existing analogue TV frequencies to use with digital radio later this year. "Thailand will follow the best practices for digital radio.
From Bangkok Post:

Thailand to Test Digital Radio
24.02.2014 - Thailand - Thailand
Thailand’s National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission has partnered with eight state agencies to conduct a digital radio broadcasting test, according to The Nation. They will use the existing infrastructures of the armed forces, Army, Navy, Air Force, National Police, Public Public Relations Department, secretariat of the House of Representatives and public service broadcaster MCOT. Digital radio will be transmitted over the VHF band, some of which currently carries analog terrestrial TV broadcasts.
From Radio World:

The McLaren 650S with DAB+
24.02.2014 - Thailand - Thailand
The McLaren 650S now comes with DAB+.
From Bangkok Post :

PRD's Director General heralds anniversary of radio broadcasting in Thailand
24.02.2014 - Thailand - Thailand
The Director General of the Public Relations Department hailed the transition to digital radio saying that it is well underway and the ongoing study of professional practice would include the development of skilled personnel.
From Thailand National News Bureau:

Thai digital radio plans move a step closer
19.02.2014 - Thailand - Thailand
Eight state agencies have signed up with Thailand’s media regulator to trial digital radio, reports The Nation.
From Asia Radio Today:

First step towards radio digitalisation
18.02.2014 - Thailand - Thailand
The National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission yesterday joined with eight state agencies to test run digital radio broadcasting. The analog TV switch-off may take more than three years to complete, but the debut of digital radio is expected by next year under the Broadcasting Master Plan (2012-16).
From The Nation:

Thailand to auction 4000 digital radio licences
20.01.2014 - Thailand - Thailand
Thailand’s media regulator plans to auction 4,000 digital radio licences early in 2015. The National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) says it will licence 20 national frequencies, the rest will be local and regional licences.
From Asia Radio Today:

NBTC may auction 4000 licences for digital radio
13.01.2014 - Thailand - Thailand
Fresh from the successful licence auction for commercial digital TV channels last month, the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission is looking to auction about 4,000 similar licences for digital radio early next year.
From The Nation:

Thailand's NBTC Says 2014 Will Be Year of Digital Radio
20.12.2013 - Thailand - Thailand
Thailand’s National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission says it plans to prioritize digital radio in 2014.
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