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 demonstrating a positive outlook from both established and new markets.
Hybrid, the automotive aftermarket, mobiles and tablets are the next big issues that the international digital radio industry must address
My experience of working with digital radio in Norway and my extensive involvement with WorldDMB has given me a good overview of the many different aspects that affect the adoption and roll out of digital radio. It has also given me an understanding of how new issues arise during the course of its implementation.
Project Office Update
WorldDMB has seen a fundamental shift over the past few years in the way it works to ensure the adoption of the DAB family of standards by governments and broadcasters. While the WorldDMB Technical Committee continues to work on overseeing the standardisation of the DAB family (see page 5 for an update on the work of the Technical Committee’s Task Force on Service Following), the WorldDMB Project Office and the WorldDMB Marketing Committee are focused more and more on delivering tailored roll out workshops which bring best practice and the lessons learned to our digital radio colleagues in emerging digital radio markets.
Technical Committee Update
The Technical Committee, chaired by Lindsay Cornell, convenes to oversee the standardisation of the DAB family of standards. It ensures that receiver equipment and broadcast technologies are compatible. The Technical Committee also upgrades and advances the standard in line with other technical developments. Finally, the Technical Committee looks to future-proof all DAB equipment (both receiver and broadcast based).
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 attractive and innovative for colour screens. They gathered for an event called RadioHack that kick-started the 2012 EBU radio week and enabled them to test different possibilities on the huge number of new tablets and multimedia devices that are now coming on to the consumer market.
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.
Feature Article: 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 cost effective rollout while providing both consumer and broadcaster incentives to switch to digital.
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 is looking at the technology standard and asking for feedback and recommendations on which part of the DAB family of standards the French digital radio industry can use. Currently DMB audio is the only part of the standard allowed in France although as one family all part scan sit happily together on the multiplex.
German digital radio industry takes next steps
The first half of 2012 has seen the German digital radio industry focus more on educating the retail industry at the same time as increasing coverage and ensuring services go on-air.
Europe continues with its progression of digital radio adoption
An overview of the latest market information from European markets:
– United Kingdom
Overview of latest news on digital radio coming out of the Asia Pacific region
The WorldDMB Project Office has since the beginning of the year ramped up its activities in the region, a reflection that the Asia Pacific markets are on the move. WorldDMB successfully represented its members at the ABU Digital Broadcasting Symposium earlier this year and in its aftermath has seen a flurry of activities with key markets making substantial moves towards digitalisation of their radio industries
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 Williams, Toyota, Ono Hitoshi, Vodafone and Mikael Gustavsson, Volvo.
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