Thailand set to switch to regional DAB+

The extension of the ongoing DAB+ trial in Bangkok, Thailand was announced at the WorldDAB Technical Group meeting on December 9, 2021. With this development, the Office of the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission of Thailand (NBTC ) should coordinate the construction of 10 new transmission sites that include both national and local DAB+ layers.

The first DAB+ trials are taking place in Bangkok and the surrounding region and have been set up in cooperation with the Royal Thai Army to establish technical parameters. This expansion will include the areas and cities of Chang Mai to the north, Khonkaen and Nakhon Ratchasima to the northeast, Pattaya and Chonburi adjacent to Bangkok, and Songkhla, Nakhon Thammarat and the tourist hub of Phuket to the south.

NBTC officials said: “This is a great opportunity to extend DAB+ coverage from our capital Bangkok to the main regional centers of the country. Not only does this expansion provide an opportunity to test features and educate broadcasters, but more importantly to begin the journey to attract DAB+ listeners. We plan to embark on a nationwide marketing campaign once we build the transmissions. This project offers national and regional broadcasters the opportunity to expand their services and coverage and help ensure a healthy radio environment for the future that is both green and competitive”.

President of WorldDAB patrick hannon expressed his support for Thailand saying: “The extension of the DAB+ trial is an important step forward for digital radio in Thailand. As the global body charged with promoting the adoption of DAB+, WorldDAB is always ready to help countries move forward with the deployment of DAB+ in any way necessary. We warmly welcome the Thai initiative and wish our Thai colleagues every success”.

The initial objectives of the trials were to establish network parameters, demonstrate interference-free sound, introduce DAB+ data services, an emergency alert system, electronic program guide and contextual services. Given the diversity of geographical features and urban development in Bangkok and the regions, the overall goal is to achieve the most advantageous coverage and sound quality.

The NBTC is an active member of the WorldDAB APAC Technical Group and regularly makes valuable contributions to the forum.

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