MCOT starts Thai pay-TV trial
Thailand’s state broadcaster MCOT is to embark on a pay-TV service trial using bandwidth in the 2.6GHz spectrum band.
The National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) has granted what it calls the network code which will enable MCOT to test the service on wireless broadband technology. MCOT is now entering talks with pay-TV marketing partner Playwork on potential collaboration to launch the service.
The broadcaster said it would discuss at a later date whether to hand over part of its 2.5GHz bandwidth to the commission for reallocation by means of auction. If spectrum concessions for state agencies expire, NBTC will reclaim them for reallocation. However, the commission will compensate state agencies if they offer up the spectrum before their right to use it ends.
MCOT, which is based in Bangkok, currently runs free-to-air terrestrial TV channels and satellite television channels, along with a host of national, provincial and international radio stations.