Issue 20: Project Office Update

Issue 14 PO UPDATEWe are now almost at the halfway point of 2013 and so much has already been achieved.

The Project Office have run a series of events that continue to drive the current momentum that we are currently witnessing in the international digital radio  market.

For example, ‘The Digital Radio Experience: Case Studies on going digital’ which was held in the Trento Province, Italy on the 15-16 April. It was was one of the most successful and well attended events that has been run by WorldDMB with over 200 delegates in attendance.

Stefano Ciccotti, CEO of Rai Way (the network operator for public-service broadcaster Radiotelevisione Italiana) announced RAI’s intention to move towards digital radio. “Within three years, RAI will deploy DAB+ coverage of the entire region of northern Italy, from the French border to the Slovenian one, and from the Brenner Pass to Rimini,”. This is positive news and sees more countries taking note of the recent EBU 138 Recommendation calling for the role out of DAB+ in Europe and harmonistaion of the radio industry across borders.

It is also interesting to note that the network rollout strategy for DAB+ in Italy differs from the approach usually adopted such as in Australia, Germany and Switzerland. They Italian approach will see focus on rural areas as opposed to the usual initial focus on densely populated cities.

Continuing digital radio campaign  

The Project Office are continuing in driving the switch to digital radio and are utilising our network of experts to this end. You will see news on the Project Office and WorldDMB members coming out of Turkey, Czech Republic, Tunis and many more soon. WorldDMB with Commercial Radio Australia will continue on nurturing the new up and coming markets in Asia Pacific and the Project Office will be on site at BroadcastAsia 2013 in Singapore and RadioAsia 2013 to meet with stakeholders from the region.

The next upcoming event, The ‘5th WorldDMB Automotive Event’ in Hamburg has over 90 delegates registered and we are also working on a number of other tailored one-to-one automotive workshops to further engage with and exchange knowledge with key automotive manufacturers, enabling the widespread adoption of digital radio. 

Bringing together WorldDMB members

The Project Office are also starting preparations for the General Assembly. This is a focal point  on the WorldDMB calendar as it allows our members to come together and share experiences from the past year. This year the General Assembly will be hosted in the Netherlands (4-5 November) and will be an opportunity to mark new DAB+ services being  launched and the move towards digitisation by the Dutch broadcasting industry.

Other work has also been undertaken in the last month which has seen the WorldDMB newsletter, Eureka! move online into a more dynamic and user friendly format. If you would like to contribute to the newsletter get in touch with the Project Office.

Finally the WorldDMB Project Office have also been busy building up it membership base and is able to welcome on board new WorldDMB members Connects2, Mobis and Voice of Russia.

Bernie O’Neill
Project Director

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New WorldDMB Members


Connects2 Ltd was established in 1999, formerly part of Qualtronyc Group Ltd. Today we are firmly proved as the market leader in Europe for the supply of car audio interfaces, providing electronic boxes that allow aftermarket radios and other audio devices to be fitted seamlessly into most vehicles. Our Head Office is based in the West Midlands, United Kingdom, occupying a ten acre site and employing over 65 people We are unique in the aspect that our extensive product range spans some ten years and covers the majority of European vehicles that were sold globally during this period. No other business can claim to have such complete coverage as part of its intellectual property. The Connects2 brand has become firmly associated with quality and has achieved a position where major vehicle manufacturers and car audio manufacturers regularly commission us to design and develop specific interface solutions for them. We have long standing relationships with many of our customers, dating back many years and they see Connects2 as a vital partner to sell their product. We continue to strive to offer our customers the optimum integration solutions. The future at Connects2 is always exciting and we look forward to continuing to support our many global customers for many years to come.

MOBISMOBIS Parts Europe N.V. Zweigniederlassung DeutschlandFrom its beginnings under the name of Hyundai Precision Industry in 1977, MOBIS went on to become the world’s top container producer. After turning its focus to the automobile sector, in the 1990s MOBIS produced recreational vehicles like the Galloper and Santamo to create the “Galloper Legend”. Going through the financial crisis in the late 1990s, MOBIS redesigned itself as an auto parts specialist. Hyundai Precision started to produce and supply chassis modules for Hyundai Motor and took the after-sales service parts businesses from both Hyundai and Kia motors in late 1999, and the company was renamed as MOBIS, kicking off the new millennium. 2000 was the year that MOBIS not only changed its name, but also became the biggest automotive parts company in charge of after-sales service parts distribution, auto parts export and module manufacturing. Against this backdrop, another adventure is awaiting MOBIS, as the company merged with Hyundai Autonet in 2009. The future technologies for automobiles need a systematic integration of both mechanical and electronic parts and MOBIS is now prepared to take on the future. As a leader in the auto parts sector in Korea, MOBIS will take the next jump to reach the goal of becoming a ‘Global Top 5.’

The Voice of RussiaThe Voice of Russia state-run broadcasting company is one of the leading international media. We broadcast in 38 languages for a total of 151 hours air-time a day, and our website is available in 37 languages. The broadcasting is done via over 200 FM and some 100 AM transmitters. All content is adjusted to local broadcasting. We have traditional FM broadcasting in 15 largest cities of Turkey, 53 CIS and Baltic cities, in 5 Iraqi and 53 Afghan cities as well as India, Paris, Beirut, Belgrade and many others. You are welcome to tune in to The Voice of Russia in 160 countries. The Voice of Russia keeps you up-to-date on the life in Russia and takes part in all the important discussions taking place in every part of the world using social networking sites. Millions of Internet users have already subscribed to the Voice of Russia`s podcasts and online services available in the world’s major languages. The company “Voice of Russia” also broadcasts in DAB. First broadcast was in London (UK), (September 2011 ) and is going on. In 2013, began broadcasting in DAB in Berlin and Frankfurt am Main (Germany). Each day we provide exclusive reporting via the international mass media.


WorldDMB Member Benefits: Technical Committee 

The Technical Committee oversees the standardisation of the DAB family of standards, which are the basis for both DAB/DAB+ and DMB technology. It ensures that receiver equipment and broadcast technologies are compatible. The TC also upgrades and advances the standard in line with other technical developments. Finally, the Technical Committee looks to future-proof all DAB equipment (both receiver and broadcast based).

Current Task Forces active in this committee: 


The aim of this Task Force is to enable the delivery of files from service provider to end-user which enhance the service offering.  These files can be provided at times of day when there is sufficient capacity.  The content initially will concentrate on audio, video and text files.  The task force has completed the specification of the transport layer and the mechanisms to provide metadata to allow other applications in the receiver to store and recall the files under user control.

Hybrid Radio

The Task Force will recommend how to use IP (Internet Protocol) to enhance the functionality provided by existing WorldDMB standards to create a hybrid radio solution for the DAB family of technologies.

Previous Task forces have included;

Service Following

This task force developed the specification defining in detail the way that broadcasters must signal connections between their services and the way that receivers must react to that signalling in order to provide listeners with the best possible reception in multi-frequency, multi-bearer networks.

DMB Radio

This task force developed the specification defining in detail the way that the DMB layer could be used for radio services. In addition to mobile TV. This included the way to signal DMB-radio as a “programme” service, and the encapsulation of PAD to enable dynamic label and other features.

Rich Media for Radio

This task force examined the various application specifications that provide rich media to discover possible overlaps or gaps in provision.

IP interfaces

This task force developed the specification defining in detail the way that the Ensemble and Service Transport Interfaces (ETI and STI) could be transported using IP links.

To become a member of WorldDMB, please contact the Project Office.

WorldDMB Featured Member News

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