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Issue 25: Asia Pacific Update

joan warnerJoan Warner, Chair, WorldDMB Asia Pacific Committee & CEO of Commercial Radio Australia

Asia Pacific Think Tank Announced

Broadcasters and regulators in Asia Pacific countries actively exploring, trialling and moving towards a DAB+ broadcast future will be invited to a unique invitation-only high level policy and regulatory think tank to be hosted by WorldDMB in the region within the next 12 months.

Announced at the recent ABU Digital Broadcasting Symposium in Kuala Lumpur, WorldDMB will invite senior decision makers from key areas to work together to examine any roadblocks and provide solutions for the next steps to make DAB+ a reality in the region.

Ultimately the Think Tank will be designed to assist in providing ways to cut costs for broadcasters, make best use of spectrum for governments and importantly continue to bring to hundreds of millions of listeners the free-to-air information, entertainment, sports, news, weather, and emergency information, with the reliability and robustness that listeners across the Asia Pacific expect and deserve.

Radio is still one of the most influential, most loved and most used of media in the Asia Pacific Region and broadcast radio plays an important role in the lives of tens of millions of people every day. These numbers are set to increase across Asia, the world’s largest and most populous region, with predicted growth figures for the region, indicating there will be 2 billion people living in Asian cities in just 10 years in 2025 – and 3 billion in cities by 2050 – double the current level.

With population growth comes demand for energy efficiencies and finding new ways of meeting consumers demands for more and better information.  DAB+ digital radio can provide the efficiencies and opportunity for the region.

DAB+ is fast becoming a global digital radio standard and manufacturing hub countries from the Asia Pacific have been travelling to Europe, and Australia to investigate DAB+ digital radio regulatory frameworks and operations, in preparation for their country’s trials and/or adoption of the DAB+ standard.

The Asia Pacific region is incredibly important to the continued success and innovation of DAB+ digital radio and to the future of broadcasting in general.  WorldDMB is willing to offer whatever help, advice and support broadcasters and regulators need to move radio forward and ensure its future in a digital world.  Commercial Radio Australia and WorldDMB will jointly sponsor Asia Pacific Broadcasting Union’s RadioAsia Conference to be held in Yangon, Myanmar 28 – 30 May.

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This entry was posted on April 17, 2015 by in WorldDAB Project Office and tagged .

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