During 2011 the WorldDMB Project Office attended a number of key industry events. This enabled the Project Office not only to connect with members but also to elevate the position of WorldDMB and the DAB standards.
17 – 18 March 2011
RadioDays provides a great opportunity for WorldDMB members to gather together in cooperation and make the argument for the DAB standards heard at an international level. The WorldDMB President and members of the Steering board championed WorldDMB during speaker slots and a number of our members actively engaged during discussion times. It was also during RadioDays that it was reconfirmed that there was a need for WorldDMB and its members to work on a united, cohesive message about the technology, its strengths and benefits that could be broadcast to the wider radio community. RadioDays 2012 will be held in Barcelona, 15-16 March and WorldDMB are official partners.
2 – 7 September 2011
Europe’s biggest consumer electronics trade fair, IFA, was all about digital radio this year. Held in Berlin, September 2 – 7, the show came one month after Germany, Europe’s biggest radio market, launched its first national digital radio services. The main event was a “Digital Radio Day” hosted by WorldDMB and the German Digital Radio Project Office, the ARD and DRD. Broadcasters from the UK, France, Italy, Belgium, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland and, of course, Germany, called for a single European market. The affirmative pan–European pro-digital radio message was clearly emphasised by Helmut Bauer of Digital Radio Deutschland who opened the event saying: “We did it! Digital radio’s been on-air in Germany since August 1, 2011. It’s good to be part of the worldwide digital radio family!”
8 – 13 September 2011
This year’s event was hugely successful for WorldDMB. With a well located stand, the WorldDMB Project Office displayed a selection of the latest receivers for the home, car and mobile that generated a lot of interest from countries that are already rolling out digital radio, and also from new countries wanting to find out more. Our main takeaway from IBC 2011 was the growing interest, enthusiasm and momentum for digital radio in light of the German launch of DAB+, with enquiries about the Eureka 147 standards coming from all corners of the globe.
WorldDMB Project Office