Issue 19 Project Office Update

Issue 14 PO UPDATE2012 was a busy year with WorldDMB  members represented across Europe and  Asia Pacific through attendance at events  and WorldDMB led workshops. 2013 will  see further tailored industry events for  broadcasters and the automotive industry.  The automotive industry will continue to  remain a top priority for the Project office. The  focus on supporting the automotive industry  will be highlighted in a series of tailored one to-one automotive manufacturer information  sessions on all aspects of going digital which  will be held throughout this year.

WorldDMB will continue to focus on ensuring  that members see value for money from  their membership and urge members with  questions about all aspects of digital radio  rollout and implementation to get in touch  with the  Project office. We encourage also  members to actively participate in the different  WorldDMB committees. Through joining one  of the committees your organisation can have  direct input on key decisions that affect the  whole of the digital radio industry.

For more information about the different  WorldDMB Committees and events visit the  WorldDMB website

Bernie O’Neill
Project Director    

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New WorldDMB Member

Magneti Marelli

Magneti Marelli s.p.A. is an international Group committed to the design and  production of hi-tech systems and components for the automotive sector. With more  than 34,000 employees, 83 production units, 12 R&D centres and 26 application  centres, the Group has a presence in 18 countries and supplies all the most major car  makers in Europe, north and south America and Asia.

Magneti Marelli’s mission, as a worldwide automotive parts supplier, is to make its key technologies available to its final customers at an affordable price by matching high  quality and a competitive offer, technology and flexibility. Magneti Marelli is providing  its know-how and wide-ranging expertise in electronics through a process of on-going  innovation and environmental sustainability in order to develop intelligent systems for active and passive vehicle safety, on-board comfort and powertrain technologies.

Member’s News 

Teleko: New DAB Radio Transmitter in Liberec, Czech Republic

The telecommunication company Teleko, s.r.o. launched a new DAB radio transmitter in Liberec, Jablonec and Nisou and surrounding areas on  19 December 2012. The transmitter ‘Liberec – Proseč’ broadcasts on channel LL with a radiated power of 1 kW and broadcasts a mix of 15 DAB  and DAB+ programmes. 38% of the Czech population has terrestrial digital radio coverage. A signal is available in Prague, Příbram, Brno, most  of Moravia-silesia, hradec Kralove, Liberec and parts of Central Bohemia.

Users can tune in to Cesky rozhlas – ČRo 1, ČRo 2, ČRo 3, Leonardo,  Wave, Česko, D-dur, private radio stations PRoGLAs, GAMA RADIo and seeJay Radio. Foreign programmes include informative programme  Radio Vaticana, the hit commercial station RTL 102.5 and all-music programmes RTL Classic, RTL Groove and RTL Italian style. The offer of new  programmes and signal coverage will be increased in the coming months.

NXP Achieves Breakthrough in Audio Processing With Industry’s first single chip Multi-Tuner Car Radio IC

With the introduction of the sAF775x, nXP  has set a new milestone in radio processing,  by integrating two independent tuners onto a single die and creating a much more compact solution to significantly lower system cost. This  integrated dual-tuner device offers more than twice the processing  power of previous generations, enabling superior radio performance  and better all-round reception quality. The IC also includes an ‘open’  Tensilica hiFi 2 Audio DsP for customers to program their own  features, or to run those of third-party software vendors. This gives car  radio manufacturers the choice and flexibility to differentiate their car  infotainment solutions without resorting to expensive external ICs.

Arqiva Invests in Four new Multiplexes

Arqiva is investing 6 million pounds to launch four  new local digital radio multiplexes in England.  Working with the BBC, Global Radio and Oxford’s JACKfm, the  project will launch in phases, beginning with Oxfordshire which was  launched in December, followed by hertfordshire, Bedfordshire,  Buckinghamshire, Northamptonshire and Derby. “Arqiva’s investment  in the new digital radio multiplexes will deliver more choice and new  radio services to over 1.5 million people and present smaller radio  stations with the opportunity to get on air more quickly, pushing local  content and local talent to the forefront,” said Paul Eaton, director  of digital radio at Arqiva. “Working with the BBC and Global Radio  gives Arqiva the opportunity to stimulate the digital radio market by  demonstrating our commitment to the platform, driving improvements  in coverage and increasing listening.”

Featured WorldDMB Member Benefit: Members’ Area


In the closed Members’ Area of the website  WorldDMB members can access a range of  useful resources.  The Members’ Area is broken down into the  following sections; Committees WorldDMB has the following Committees;  Technical Committee (TC), Regulatory and  spectrum Committee (RsC) and Asia Pacific  Committee (APC). Each of the Committees  has a dedicated section providing Committee  information and relevant documentation,  in addition to Committee participants and  related Task Forces.  WorldDMB Meetings here members may register for upcoming  WorldDMB meetings for example, Technical  Committee and steering Board meetings or  the WorldDMB General Assembly.

Document Search search through our online library of  documents, from Committee reports to MPEG  Liaison statements. Members can search by  Committee or document category. General Assembly Members can view contact details for each  registered member via the Member’s Area of  the website. This feature makes it easy for members to freely network with one another.

Share Point

This is where members can share documents  with all members, certain committees, or  individuals. Example of documents shared  include, ‘Guidance documents on the  proposed list of visual and data services in  Germany’, ‘Full list of digital radio receivers  available in Germany’ and ‘Requirements  on service following from sweden’ and  WorldDMB standards and specifications.

8202726833_f8bfcf9c0bETI Library

Access a Guidance document, ETI File  Converter, ETI FAQs and over 50 ETI  Files. The WorldDMB ETI Library is a user  friendly online database containing country  snapshots of DAB, DAB+ and DMB (ETI files  from different markets), ETI files configured  with multiplexing equipment from specific  manufacturers as well as files which can be  used for demonstration and testing purposes.

Steering Board

In this section steering Board members  may view Task Forces and active member  participants and a list of upcoming meetings  to register for. steering Board members may  also download WorldDMB steering Board  specific documents, for example meeting  minutes and strategy documents.

GfK Statistics

Quarterly GfK statistics examining market  growth in 6 key countries includes data  covering;

– Digital Radio sales

– Digital Radio Penetration in Radio Market

– Management summary (an overview  explaining the sales figures for each market)

– Car Audio Digital Radio After Market sales  figures

Updated Country Information

Access to the twice yearly Global  Broadcasting Update before it is released to  the general public.

IPR Cost

Here members can access information on the  current DAB royalty structure.

WorldDMB Project Office



This entry was posted on February 25, 2013 by in Automotive Industry, Digital Radio Rollout, WorldDAB Project Office.

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