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TV broadcasting associations in Thailand are calling on the Government to revise frequency allocation and broadcasting legislation to keep pace with media convergence and technological change.

The Association of Digital Television Broadcasting (Thailand), the Satellite Television Association (Thailand), Thailand Cable TV Association, Cable TV Operators Association and the Association of Cable and Satellite TV Network Providers have jointly submitted their proposals to the Government’s media reform and information and communications technology committee.

Admiral Taweewuth Pongsapipatt, vice chairman of the NLA committee examining the frequency allocation law, said the Council of State has already been asked to draft an aggregated law combining the four main laws covering broadcasting, radio, telecommunications business and frequency allocation, reports The Nation.

The Association of Digital Television Broadcasting said that fast-changing broadcasting and telecommunications technology has prompted widespread technological disruption and adversely impacted the digital TV sector, as well as other media markets in Thailand. As a result, the Broadcasting Act 2008 has become outdated, the association claims.

Proposals include the reallocation of part of the current digital TV broadcasting spectrum band in the range of 600MHz to 700MHz to provide telecommunications services and generate greater state revenues.