Les Sabel, WorldDAB
At the end of November 2016 I was in Malaysia to host a workshop on DAB+ digital radio, with 28 attendees from 12 different countries taking part and showing a keen interest in the future of digital radio.
The workshop was hosted in partnership with the Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union (ABU), the Asia-Pacific Institute for Broadcasting Development (AIBD) and the Arab States Broadcasting Union (ASBU). The workshop brought together broadcasters from across the MENA and AsiaPac regions at all stages of digital radio development.
With DAB+ trials now on-air in Malaysia, Myanmar and Indonesia, strong interest in Thailand and regular services rolled out in Australia and Hong Kong, it’s a good time for broadcasters in the region to focus on DAB+.
In the MENA region, Kuwait is preparing for the second phase of a DAB+ trial and a decision regarding commercial roll out is expected once all trials have been completed. In the UAE, following a recent DAB+ trial, the TRA (Telecoms Regulation Authority) is working towards a commercial launch of DAB+ and has initiated industry consultation on DAB+ receiver specifications.
In the workshop we covered DAB+’s background, the path to getting services on air, regulation required and looked forward to the future with hybrid radio and the potential to deliver images and information to listeners at home and on the move. We also looked at DAB developments around the world, particularly in the automotive sector as more manufacturers fit DAB+ as standard, and Norway heading to the world’s first digital switchover. The workshop also included several sessions on system design from head-end networks to RF coverage and interference planning.
It was great to see such interest and engagement from a broad range of countries and those who missed out should get in touch to find out more.
We’ll be back in Kuala Lumpur in March next year for the ABU DBS, when we’ll run another DAB+ workshop (open to all) and WorldDAB will host a DAB+ pavilion featuring providers across the DAB+ supply chain. We look forward to seeing you there. In the meantime, if you have questions related to any aspect of DAB+, contact the WorldDAB Project Office.