Thailand suspends digital TV voucher scheme

Thailand’s ruling National Council for Peace & Order (NCPO) has suspended the digital TV coupon subsidy scheme, designed to enable poorer viewers to buy new set-top boxes for its new digital transmission standard.

The NCPO says that the scheme (worth Thai Baht 25 billion) has been suspended, along with other key telecoms investments, while the transparency around the plan is examined and to ensure fiscal budget use.

The other schemes suspended include two spectrum auctions for proposed 4G services, and a “universal service fund” designed to provide a basic nationwide telecoms infrastructure. In all the three schemes were budget at a combined THB 85 billion.

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