Category Archives: Digital Radio Rollout

Connecting services: Starting points for broadcasters and the automotive industry

CASE STUDY: 90elf and Mercedes Benz 90elf is a digital only radio station dedicated to bringing listeners live matches via the radio and it is the first choice for football … Continue reading

April 24, 2013

Issue 20: Towards a cost effective, efficient network rollout

When planning for network rollout many factors need to be taken into account to ensure that it is done efficiently, effectively and that the money available is invested wisely. The … Continue reading

April 23, 2013

Computer says DAB+… cheaper than FM, DRM

“I already have an FM network and I am not  paying to build a new digital one”.  Sound familiar?” Well, it is still wrong. some  forget to take into account … Continue reading

February 25, 2013

Economics of DAB+: Broadcasting: Use it or lose it

A highly competitive media landscape means  radio, like all other media, must fight hard  to keep increasing its audience and attract  advertising dollars. The Australian commercial  radio industry has loyal … Continue reading

February 25, 2013

Coordinating Frequency

The basic task of radio spectrum regulation  is to eliminate the possibilities of interference.  Any use of spectrum has three dimensions;  frequency, place and time. If more users  are transmitting … Continue reading

February 25, 2013

DAB Patents Expiry

A manufacturer’s viewpoint – Pure There has been much talk and quite some  anticipation of the imminent expiry of various  patents related to the DAB family of products.  The patents … Continue reading

February 25, 2013

Issue 19 Project Office Update

2012 was a busy year with WorldDMB  members represented across Europe and  Asia Pacific through attendance at events  and WorldDMB led workshops. 2013 will  see further tailored industry events for  … Continue reading

February 25, 2013

Issue 19: Letter from the President

Buoyed by the German launch of DAB+ in late 2011 and the significant progress  made in more established markets across Europe and Asia Pacific, 2012 was a year of  significant … Continue reading

February 25, 2013

Issue 19: Economics of broadcasting via the DAB family of standards

The move to digital radio is greatly impacted on by the economics of broadcasting. When selecting which broadcasting  system to upgrade to, decision makers will factor in issues such as … Continue reading

February 25, 2013

News Roundup

Digital radio gaining popularity in the Netherlands December 2012, Netherlands (Telecompaper) Around one million people in the Netherlands listen to the radio from their tablet, double the number reported for … Continue reading

February 23, 2013

German DAB TPEG situation

Traditionally Germany is a leading force in  Traffic Information and for over 50 years  broadcast has played a major role in this  business. Beside spoken on-air services, Traffic  Management Channel … Continue reading

February 23, 2013

The UK Drive to Digital Event

In 2012 we saw real momentum in the invehicle digital radio market. This is set to  continue and in Q4 2013 we will see a UK  Government decision and announcement … Continue reading

February 23, 2013

WorldDMB at Telematics Update 2012; Digital Radio the Forgotten Connection

WorldDMB brought together high profile  speakers from the broadcasting industry for a  panel discussion ‘Digital Radio the Forgotten  Connection’ at Telematics Update conference,  Munich, Germany on 30 October 2012. The … Continue reading

February 23, 2013

Digital Radio and the Automotive Industry

WorldDMB calls for the automotive industry to include DAB digital radio as standard at the 4th European Automotive Event The 4th WorldDMB European Automotive  Event was hosted at the Federal … Continue reading

February 23, 2013

UK update on digital radio

Digital radio platform listening stands at 31.3% of radio listening hours (RAJAR Q3 2012) – up 6% year on year. Coverage Today, digital radio already has wide coverage:  94% of … Continue reading

February 23, 2013

Australian DAB+ Update (Issue 19)

In 2013 Commercial Radio Australia (CRA)  will begin serious dialogue with the Federal  Government and the Federal opposition about  funding for the rollout of DAB+ in regional  Australia. over 60 … Continue reading

February 23, 2013

DAB rollout in Italy

After the release of the first licenses for regular  DAB+ services in Italy during the summer,  December saw the first transmitters go online  in the Trentino region. This area has … Continue reading

February 23, 2013

18th WorldDMB General Assembly – Celebrating a year of successes and individuals in Germany

The WorldDMB 2012 General Assembly took place in Leipzig, a media  hub of Germany. The event was attended by over 100 international  delegates from as far afield as China, Australia … Continue reading

February 23, 2013

Hybrid radio on the agenda at Mediantage

WorldDMB’s long term collaboration with the Mediantage event continued at the end  of 2012 with a WorldDMB hosted panel on hybrid Radio in Munich, Germany. The panel discussion was held … Continue reading

February 23, 2013

Digital Radio in Germany: a spotlight on Bavaria

Bavaria, a state in the south west of Germany,  has a long history with the DAB standard of  families. It was the first region to see a DAB  station network … Continue reading

February 23, 2013

Issue 18: Trends and capabilities of the DAB family of standards

Today and into the future Since its launch, digital radio has seen an evolution in the manner in which it is understood, applied and utilised by all sectors of the radio … Continue reading

October 25, 2012

Future trends in receiver technologies

When DAB radios were first introduced to the mass market the available technology at the time placed limitations on the receivers available, resulting in bulky, energy hungry and expensive devices, … Continue reading

October 25, 2012

The device revolution starts

 Up to now most radios on the European market have, with a few exceptions, been rather old-fashioned. They have offered audio, a line of text and not much more. Absent … Continue reading

October 25, 2012

Emergency Warning Systems in DAB

While digital radio evolves and the radio industry plays around with the possibilities of features for a multiplatform future, we must not forget that core underlying strengths of the DAB … Continue reading

October 25, 2012

Broadband: progress or monopolization?

The last World Radiocommunication Conference of ITU (WRC) saw the WRC decision to allocate the 700 Mhz band for mobile broadband. This is a significant blow against spectrum usage for … Continue reading

October 25, 2012

Sweden: Proposals made to review possible FM switch off

Following the announcement made by Norway about a possible FM switch off date in 2017, Sweden has joined other countries that are now also looking to review their own switch … Continue reading

October 25, 2012

An update on the German digital radio market: One year on from launch

New research, new receivers and new marketing campaigns have all been released to coincide with the one year anniversary of DAB+ going on-air in Germany. Digitalradio listening on the up … Continue reading

October 25, 2012

Netherlands move towards digital radio

Since the announcement by NPO (Netherlands Public Broadcasting) that DAB+ was the successor of FM in the Netherlands in November 2011, significant steps have been made towards the digitalisation of … Continue reading

October 25, 2012

Australia: Digital radio three years on from launch

With the recent celebration of the three year anniversary of digital radio in Australia, the international radio community can appreciate the significant steps made by the Australian digital radio market … Continue reading

October 25, 2012

Thai digital radio delegation visit Australia

Australia actively shares its experience of successful rollout of DAB+ digital radio with other countries considering adopting the DAB+ standard. Nine delegates from the national Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission of … Continue reading

October 25, 2012

DAB+ Indonesia Technology Showcase: DAB+ Technology Workshop and Transmission Demonstration, jakarta, Indonesia

The Indonesian radio industry and regulator have selected DAB+. With a population of more than 237 million people the adoption would make it one of the largest DAB+ markets. WorldDMB … Continue reading

October 25, 2012

Of course my new car has digital radio… what do you mean I have to pay for it?

If you work in the digital radio industry you will have heard many stories of listeners buying a new car which they assume will have digital radio as standard only … Continue reading

October 25, 2012

Issue 18: Letter from the President

WorldDMB exists to drive the digital radio market forward through its international network of industry experts The role of WorldDMB is to inform industry stakeholders about all aspects of digital … Continue reading

October 25, 2012

The automotive industry’s digital radio…

WorldDMB attended the Telematics Update event ‘Content and Apps’ for the car industry where digital radio was represented on the panel by Laurence Harrison, DRUK, John Du, General Motors, Derek … Continue reading

June 25, 2012

Issue 17: Breaking barriers – The next steps for digital radio

The uptake of the DAB standards (DAB, DAB+ and DMB) has seen exponential growth across Europe and much of Asia Pacific with market data and activity from these two regions … Continue reading

June 25, 2012

Hackers enter EBU Digital Radio Week 2012

Don’t worry, this has nothing to do with criminal activities. These hackers were developers, engineers and students interested in tweaking, modifying software and playing with prototypes to make radio more … Continue reading

June 25, 2012

Should we expect a reduction in broadcasting due to shortage of frequencies?

The European Union Radio Spectrum Policy Programme (RSPP) published Decision No. 2012/243/EU which took effect from 10 April 2012. It is the strategic planning and harmonization document containing the request … Continue reading

June 25, 2012

Barriers to the success of digital radio have now on the whole been overcome

For broadcasters and government it is vital when undertaking the transition to a digital platform that the chosen standard is both robust and mature enough to enable a smooth and … Continue reading

June 25, 2012

The quiet revolution – France pushes for the start of digital radio

At the time of Eureka! going to print the consultation on whether to include DAB+ as part of the French digital radio standard is closing. Once again the French market … Continue reading

June 25, 2012

German digital radio industry takes next steps

The first half of 2012 has seen the German digital radio industry focus more on educating the retai industry at the same time as increasing coverage and ensuring services go … Continue reading

June 25, 2012

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