DAB+ workshop and demonstration Amman, Jordan 23-24 August 2017

Jordan Radio and Television Corporation (JRTV) and the Telecommunications Regulatory Commission of Jordan (TRC) will host a two-day DAB+ workshop and DAB+ demonstration, jointly organised by WorldDAB and Arab States Broadcasting Union (ASBU).

ABSU JordanThe workshop will showcase the DAB+ standard, look at DAB+ features and efficiency improvements compared to analogue FM broadcasting and will focus also on policy, regulation and system planning.

A selection of JRTV and commercial radio stations will be on-air on DAB+ at the time of the workshop, permitting participants to experience DAB+ first hand. WorldDAB members GatesAir and Factum Radioscape have provided equipment for the demonstration.

WorldDAB has seen growing interest in digital radio across the Arab States:

  • Kuwait has regular DAB+ services on air, covering 90% of the population
  • Tunisia and Qatar are trialling DAB+ and there is strong interest in Algeria
  • The UAE is working towards a commercial launch of DAB+ in 2018
  • Bahrain has a DAB+ trial on air, with 40% geographic coverage

With capacity constraints on FM spectrum and increasing competition from other platforms, DAB+ is enabling radio to remain relevant and secure its future in a digital world, with a platform that is secure, reliable, and free-to-air.

The ASBU has recommended members adopt DAB+ as the delivery platform for broadcast radio. Broadcasters in the region are becoming more aware of the opportunities presented by DAB+ digital radio – offering increased spectrum efficiency, lower distribution costs, and more choice for radio listeners.

With more and more DAB+ case studies available from countries that have already rolled out DAB+ across Europe and Asia Pacific, interest in digital radio from the Arab States is anticipated to continue to grow.

For further information contact projectoffice@worlddab.org


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This entry was posted on August 17, 2017 by in WorldDAB Project Office.

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