WorldDMB worked in close partnership with the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) to host a DAB+ digital radio workshop to discuss plans for a high powered DAB+ trial in Pretoria. The event was held in June and saw over 200 delegates from the region in attendance with representatives from the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA), the Government Department of Communications, public and commercial broadcasters, policy makers, network operator Sentech, device and automotive manufacturers.
As 2013 drew to a close it was reported by the South Africa Sunday Times that broadcasters were preparing to start trialing services on DAB+. Radio industry stakeholders such as ICASA, the regulator for the South African communications sector were in discussions on issues such as best practice of how to best introduce and roll out the digital radio standard.
The year ended with a joint SADIBA/NAB Digital Radio DAB+ Trial Working group announcing that their application for the high–powered DAB+ trial licence has been approved. The trial licence was granted to the South African Broadcasting Corporation (the applicant on behalf of the NAB radio members) by the regulator, the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA). The trial will run from the 1st April 2014 to 31st March 2015, and Sentech will be the signal distributor for the duration of the trial.
The SADIBA/NAB Working group is encouraged by the commitment of all stakeholders in putting digital radio firmly on the South African broadcasting agenda.
Mobile TV moves forward in South Africa
Prospective broadcaster Mobile TV will expand its trial network using DMB technology which offers to the Western Cape and the Free State. Mobile TV has already run a trial using DMB which offers radio and video broadcasting services along with interactive “datacasting” — in Gauteng. It switched on test signals in the province in December 2010. In its Gauteng trial, Mobile TV broadcast content from SABC 1, SABC 2, MetroFM, 5FM, LM Radio, CNBC Africa, BBC and e.tv
The two new DMB trials will involve test broadcasts in Bloemfontein and Cape Town and will be on air for 12 months. The company also sought licences to run further trials and at the end of 2013 these trial licenses were granted by ICASA. The licences allows for DMB trial services to be broadcast in East London, Port Elizabeth, and Durban- Pietermaritzburg for up to six months.
Digital Radio Broadcasting Africa Summit, Capetown, South Africa
Leading executives and industry professionals from the broadcasting and media sectors across Africa will meet in Capetown, South Africa on Tuesday 22nd – 24th April 2014 for the international Digital Radio Broadcasting in Africa conference. WorldDMB and its members will be in attendance and presenting on various topics such as examining the commercial viability of delivering digital radio with DAB+. Other topics to be covered during with event will be information on the latest developments in technology, standards, platforms, content and services. Click here for more information.