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Digital radio the next priority for Thailand’s media regulator

Digital radio is on next year’s agenda, now that the digital TV license process is underway, says Thailand’s media regulator.

Asia Radio Today reports that officials from The National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) confirmed plans to prioritise the new radio technology in a recent briefing to mark its second anniversary.

The Nation newspaper reports that NBTC officials want to learn from Australia’s experience in rolling-out digital radio, where 10 percent of the population is already reached.

Australia uses the DAB+ (Digital Audio Broadcasting) platform, an updated version of DAB, offering more robust reception and more efficient use of frequencies.

NBTC representatives also recently visited the UK – seen as the most mature digital radio market – where 45 percent of the population owns a DAB digital radio.