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Thailand considering DAB+ for its digital radio standard

Nine delegates from the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission of Thailand are in Australia this week to hold technical, policy and broadcaster meetings with key DAB+ digital radio stakeholders, to inform the country’s decision on the introduction of digital radio.

Hosted by Commercial Radio Australia, the Thai radio delegation is led by Colonel Dr. Natee Sukonrat, the Chairman of the National Broadcasting Commission and Vice Chairman of the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission of Thailand.

The delegation includes senior representatives from legal, policy, licensing, engineering and technology areas.

Thailand is considering digital radio and will meet with Australian commercial and public service broadcasters, plus industry regulator and the Department of Broadband Communications and the Digital Economy (DBCDE), to discuss the successful switch on of DAB+ digital radio in Australia.

DAB+ digital radio technology implemented in Australia is the standard adopted in Switzerland, Malta, Sweden, Hungary, Germany, Italy and Hong Kong.  Trials are being conducted or considered in France, Spain, Poland, Czech Republic, Indonesia and Malaysia.  China, Korea and Norway currently use the original DAB standard for radio but are considering using DAB+.