Digital TV migration to take four years

3 Feb 2012

Thailand’s National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) has announced that it hopes to see digital TV trials start this year, beginning a switchover process to digital broadcasting which will take around four years. Having finalised its broadcasting and telecoms frequency ‘master plan’, the NBTC must yet agree with the government which digital TV technology standard to adopt, writes The Nation. Once this is agreed, the regulator will issue temporary digital TV broadcasting licences to free-to-view channel operators to trial the service. The process of digital switchover will free up ‘digital dividend’ spectrum for reallocation in the 4G mobile sector.