by Bernie O’Neill, Project Director, WorldDAB
Photo credit: Julia Nechyporenko, Ukraine National TV & Radio Broadcasting Council
Delegates from across the Central and Eastern European Region attended the WorldDAB Spectrum and Network Implementation Committee’s first seminar on ‘Best practice for implementation of DAB+ SFN networks’. Organised in partnership with Broadcast Networks Europe, the seminar took place on 22 May, in parallel with the MBT conference in Budapest. The event was hosted by the National Media and Infocommunications Authority, Hungary.
DAB+ network operators from Germany, UK, Norway and Poland shared their key learnings from their deployment of DAB+ Single Frequency Networks. Some of the key learnings were as follows:
There is increased interest in deploying DAB+ across the Central and Eastern European region. Speaking at the MBT conference the following day, President of WorldDAB, Patrick Hannon, observed that the key drivers for countries to deploying DAB+ are the fact that FM spectrum is full, digital giants are invading radio’s space and the need for broadcasters to retain control. DAB+ is a compelling choice as it enables broadcasters to offer listeners greater choice, clearer sound, enhanced graphics and lower distribution costs.
In response to the accelerated rollout of DAB+ across Europe and beyond, the WorldDAB Spectrum and Network Implementation Committee (SNIC) was launched earlier this year to support the implementation of DAB+ networks. Further seminars in the series will be announced over the coming months. To obtain the full set of presentations from this first seminar and for information on how to join WorldDAB contact: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Photo credit: Sebestyén Gábor, NMHH
MBT 2020 will take place in Belgrade and will be hosted by RTS, the Serbian public broadcaster.