Issue 25: Member’s Update

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WorldDMB, Project Office

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Czech Radio is a public service radio organisation operating in the Czech Republic. It has been an active member of the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) since 1993, and as such has been significantly contributing to and participating on the news exchanges, sport broadcasting, music exchanges, and co-operation in the area of production and transmission of radio broadcasting. Czech Radio website

FCAcmykpositive-(1)-160pxFiat Chryslar Automobiles designs, engineers, manufactures, distributes and sells vehicles under the Abarth, Alfa Romeo, Chrysler, Dodge, Fiat, Fiat Professional, Jeep, Lancia, Ram, SRT brands as well as luxury cars under the Ferrari and Maserati brands. FCA also operates in the components sector, through Magneti Marelli and Teksid, and in the production systems sector, through Comau and in after-sales services and products under the Mopar brand name.  FCA is an international auto group engaged in industrial activities in the automotive sector through companies located in 40 countries and has commercial relationships with customers in approximately 150 countries. Fiat Chrysler Automobiles website

WorldDMB Featured Member News

Norway to switch off FM in 2017

On 16 April, the Ministry of Culture announced a national FM-switch off, to complete the transition to digital radio. The switchover will begin in the North on 11 January 2017 and will be implemented region by region, concluding 13 December 2017.
(Digitalradio Norge) Read more…

Digital Broadcast Technologies acquires digital radio specialists Factum and Radioscape

The assets and ongoing business of Factum Electronics AB (Sweden) and Broadcast UK Limited trading as Radioscape (UK) have been acquired from the administrator of VDL S.A. (France) by Digital Broadcast Technologies Limited (UK). Digital Broadcasting Technologies has been established to drive forward the growth and development of the business and is led by the company’s existing management team.
(Factum Radioscape) Read more…

Pure Pop family of digital radios wins Red Dot Award for design

Pure’s Pop family of digital radios has been awarded the prestigious Red Dot Award for product design. The Pop family, which is made up of three digital radios, is designed to reinvent digital radio and is based on insights from extensive research with radio listeners.
(Pure) Read more…

Czech Radio powers up to go digital
13.03.2015 – Czech Radio – Czech Republic

Experts at Czech Radio have unveiled a roadmap to guide the country’s journey to digital radio output (DAB/DAB+). The plan identifies appropriate legislation, national coordination, adequate financing, private sector engagement, support for quality content and new services, a solid information and marketing campaign and statutory support for DAB receivers as the 7 steps toward digital broadcasting in the Czech Republic.
(EBU) Read more… 

BBC Radio 2 Country launches on digital radio
05.03.2015 – British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC)United Kingdom

Today sees the launch of digital pop up station Radio 2 Country, broadcasting for the next four days as the UK gears up for Country music festival C2C: Country to Country from London’s O2.
(RadioWise UK) Read more… 

Paneda wins another contract for 22 tunnels in Norway
18.02.2015 – Paneda Management AS – Norway

Paneda Dab AS, a member of the Paneda group has won another prestigious order for 22 tunnels in the Oslo region in Norway.  The new order includes DAB and FM transmission systems, emergency-break-in systems including amplifiers and fibre optics systems.
(Paneda) Read more…

Coverage requirements for digital switchover in Norway have now been met

17.02.2015 – Digitalradio Norge AS – Norway  

Today, the National Communications Authority (Nkom) announced the DAB coverage to be at a satisfactory level and that the requirements (on coverage) have now been met.
(Digitalradio Norge) Read more…

Vatican Radio looks to Europe’s digital radio future
14.02.2015 – EuroDab Italia – Italy

Father Federico Lombardi, Director of Vatican Radio, commented that Vatican Radio covers a wide range of issues, with an emphasis on peace, religious freedom, human rights, dialogue between religions and Christian denominations.” Eugenio La Teana, head of research and development at RTL 102.5 Hit Radio added: “DAB/DAB+ digital radio is progressing in Italy, as well as across Europe. There is now a clear path towards digitisation of radio at the European level”.
(Radio Vaticana) Read more…

Research into DAB+ market development in Netherlands
09.02.2015 – Ministry of Economic Affairs – Netherlands

Awareness of DAB+ or Digital Radio+ is reasonably high; 23%say they know the term ‘DAB+’ and 29% were familiar with ‘Digital Radio+’ in July.
(Agentschap Telecom) Read more… 

More car brands on the road with DAB+ radio
04.02.2015 – Digitalradio Norge AS – Norway 

A recent survey shows that DAB+ radio is now finding its way into more car brands over the past year.
(Digital Radio Norge) Read more… 

DAB+ coming to Flanders
27.01.2015 – Norkring, Telenor – Belgium

This spring, DAB+ will be available in Brussels and its surroundings. Initially the stations launching in these areas will be Top Radio, VBRO Radio, Radio Maria, Radio FG and Radiostad en Family Radio. “DAB+ is not the future, DAB+ is now!” said Bart Bosmans, CEO Norkring Belgium. “This new technology also offers many other features, such as better traffic, sending additional data and slideshows. DAB+ offers incredible benefits for both the radio and for the listeners. DAB+ is now live. The platform has the capacity to welcome additional radios.
(Norkring) Read more… 

DAB listening grows in Norway
16.01.2015 – Digitalradio Norge AS – Norway

Latest figures released by Digital Radio Norge covering the last quarter of 2014 show a strong increase of DAB listening at 36%. In a survey by TNS Gallup, the report also showed that Norway has experienced a growth of DAB+ listening in car to 17%, an increase from 10% the year before.
(Digital Radio Norge) Read more…

EBU Digital Radio Toolkit ‘Compete on content, co-operate in technology’
06.01.2015 – European Broadcasting Union (EBU) – Switzerland 

A major research project led by the Media Intelligence Service of the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) has identified a range of factors central to the successful deployment of terrestrial radio digitisation across Europe. The launch of the ‘Digital Radio Toolkit’ follows a six month-long investigation into the experiences and best practices of the three countries which are leading the launch of digital terrestrial radio in Europe: Norway,Switzerland and the United Kingdom.
(EBU) Read more…

Smooth Extra goes live on DAB
27.12.2014 – Global Radio – United Kingdom

Global Radio has launched its latest new digital radio station on national DAB, replacing Smooth Xmas. The original Smooth Radio service continues to be available on local DAB in many parts of the country, alongside transmissions on FM and AM. Global Radio meanwhile plans to launch an offshoot of Heart on national DAB in the New Year.
(a516 Digital) Read more…

MeinungsBarometer Digital Radio DAB+ Auto Report for Germany – chapter summaries in English available to WorldDMB members only
18.12.2014 – WorldDMB – Germany

MeinungsBarometer has published the first Digital Radio DAB+ Auto Report for Germany. This comprehensive industry survey comes three years after the country’s DAB+ launch and includes data on relevant cars available on the German market, broken down by manufacturer to include report on the level of equipment with DAB+ receivers on customer interest, sales success and forecasts. To complete the survey, decision makers for all relevant German car brands were interviewed. Chapter summaries only are now available to WorldDMB members.
(WorldDMB) Read more…

Featured Member Benefit

Join the WorldDMB Technical Committee (TC) of experts to be directly connected with the experts in DAB/DAB+ digital radio. Members of the TC come from all types of industries including but not limited to: manufacturers (receiver, vehicle, professional equipment, test and measurement equipment, chip), research and development, solution providers, broadcasters and regulators, and network operators.

The Technical Committee meets four times a year and continues to focus on the continuing development of the standards.  This year the  key areas of focus include hybrid, mobile and automotive.

If you don’t wish to join the TC but just need answers on technical questions, the Project Office will connect you with the experts. Examples of technical information and advice include – receiver certification, which services are being transmitted andwhat applications does a receiver need to support? We also provide access to an extensive library of ETI Files as well as coverage maps and Service Following and Service Linking Documents to our members before they are published and made available to the general public.

Upcoming events and meetings

58th AutoRAI, Amsterdam, Netherlands 17 – 26 April

Telematics Berlin, Germany 11-12 May

Getting in touch with TPEG 12 May

50th TC Meeting, Winchester, United Kingdom 12 – 13 May

6th WorldDMB European Automotive Event 20 May

91st SB Steering Board Meeting 9 – 10 June

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