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Thailand Edges Closer to DAB+

First DAB+ broadcast represents step toward transition

From March 1–3, Thailand’s National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission conducted a DAB+ demonstration and technology workshop in combination with WorldDMB and the International Telecommunications Union.

Experts from Australia and Europe were on hand for the workshop and field test, which was the first DAB+ broadcast in the country.

“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. “The NBTC has planned to deploy digital radio broadcasting next year and is now working with the ITU on the rollout roadmap.”

This trial foreshadowed the country’s planned migration to digital broadcasts later this year as part of a test launch, and the NBTC is considering allocating free VHF spectrum for digital radio broadcasts as soon as 2014, according to