This year the activities of WorldDMB in the Asia Pacific region will be extensive, with the Project Office set to participate in a number of key industry events. At the beginning of March WorldDMB were Major Sponsors of the ABU Digital Broadcasting Symposium that took place in Kuala Lumpur from 6 -9 March. During the event WorldDMB gave a number of presentations, hosted a workshop on “How to successfully deploy DAB+ Digital Radio: A practical guide on getting started and where WorldDMB can help”, held networking drinks and displayed the latest receivers at the WorldDMB exhibition stand. In addition to these activities, the Project Office met with members and stakeholders of the radio industry from across the Asia Pacific region who were interested in learning more about adopting the DAB family of standards.
In the next few months further activities will be ramped up with a scheduled car workshop in Japan planned for later this year. A workshop is also planned during KOBA and Broadcast Asia where the Business Case Scenarios Report will be presented. The WorldDMB Project Office will be on site during these events to ensure that the DAB family of standards is represented in a region where many countries are seeking digitalisation of their media industries.
We look forward to working with our members and industry stakeholders in the area to continue the growth and further adoption of DAB+/DMB within the Asia Pacific region.
Summary of roll-out and adoption of the DAB+/DMB standards in Asia Pacific
Regarding the existing situation of the DAB+ standard in the region, Australia continues with its roll-out strategy with a focus on building regional coverage, further work on bringing the automotive industry on board and providing listeners with increased services on air. Coverage is currently at 60% of the population, or around 12 million people and recent official data relating to digital radio broadcasts in Australia was released by Commercial Radio Australia (CRA) and shows that there are 940,000 people listening to digital radio in the five state metropolitan capitals of Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth and Adelaide and that 603,000 digital radios have been sold.
The launch of DAB+ in Hong Kong also continues to progress since it began in November 2011 when 18 channels in DAB+ on a 24 hour basis began broadcasting. The roll-out of DAB+ continues to be overseen by a consortium comprised of four stakeholders who together with its Technical Committee are looking after detailed network implementation.
The success of DAB+/DMB in the Asia Pacific region continues with the following countries continuing with either the adoption and roll-out of the standard or undertaking trials.
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