NBTC to vouch coupons to 22 mln households for digital switchover

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BANGKOK, Jan 14 – The Office of the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) is to award coupons to 22 million households to enable their purchase of set-top boxes for receiving digital TV signals during the transition period from the current analog to digital system.

NBTC vice president Col Natee Sukolrat said NBTC’s Monday meeting resolved to distribute such coupons to the public.

The public can take the coupons to buy set-top boxes to tune in the digital signal or televisions that support the digital system.

Col Natee said expenses the coupons accrue from NBTC’s frequency bidding from digital TV providers. The timeframe of the coupon distribution follows the end of bidding, probably in July.

Processes of how and how much compensation a coupon will represent will be discussed further with relevant agencies.