Thailand to Auction 4,000 Digital Radio Licenses in 2015

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Bangkok, Thailand - Jan 13, 2014 - The chairman of Thailand's National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission said that about 4,000 licenses for digital radio channels will be auctioned early next year, on a phase-by-phase basis, according to Nation Multimedia.

There will be 20 nationwide licenses. The remainder will be regional. The country's current AM and FM licenses (of which there are approximately 525) will be allocated for community and public radio.

The new digital radio services will be in the VHF spectrum on channel space currently owned by state agencies that have analog TV stations. The NBTC will sign a memorandum of understanding with other parts of the government, including the Royal Thai Army, at the end of January 2014. After that, digital broadcasting tests will commence, scheduled to last about a year.

The NBTC expects the auctions to bring in around 100,000 Bhat (about $3,000 USD) per digital radio license.

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