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 first steps are to ensure that the digital radio standards being adopted and being upgraded to are suitable and robust as they will have to meet the many different requirements set out by governments, regulators, the broadcasting industry and the end user – the consumer.
Letter from the President
Although many countries are on the road towards a fully digitised radio industry there are also countries that are in the process of starting off on this initiative.
Last year saw WorldDMB undertaking workshops and demonstrations in new pre-launch digital radio markets such as in Indonesia. WorldDMB worked closely with the Indonesian regulator and the broadcasting industry to assist them in their journey to bring digital radio to market.
WorldDMB Project Office Update
We are now almost at the halfway point of 2013 and so much has been achieved already.
The Project Office have run series of events that to continue to drive the current momentum towards digital radio that we are currently witnessing, such as in Italy.
Technical Committee Update
Mathias Coinchon is the Vice Chair of the WorldDMB Technical Committee and member of the Steering Board. Here he provides an overview on DAB+ in cars at the Geneva Motor Show 2013 which was held in March.
The importance of spectrum regulation
Just like analogue radio which has been regulated for year, digital radio will face the same conditions without any dramatic changes likely to be implemented. Whether you like it or not – regulation of digital radio and TV will remain
Feature Article: Towards a cost effective and efficient network rollout: DAB+ – Australia the High Powered Approach
Radio in Australia is traditionally broadcast at high power in analogue and the industry target was to ensure good indoor and outdoor DAB+ coverage.
Feature Article: Upgrading from DAB to DAB+: A smooth transition in Switzerland
Switzerland provides a successful example of a country upgrading its broadcast systems from DAB to the second generation DAB+ digital radio.
Feature article: DAB+: Network roll-out in Germany
In summer 2011 Germany launched a nationwide radio multiplex based on the DAB+ technology. This multiplex offered commercial broadcasters the unique opportunity of nationwide transmission.
Since the beginning of the year a significant milestone for the future of digital radio in Europe was made when the EBU recommended DAB+ as the future for European digital radio.
Feature Article: Germany: The point of no return
The digital radio market since its launch in Germany in August 2011 has seen some key indicators that demonstrate that Germany is at a point of no return in its campaign for digital radio rollout.
WorldDMB in collaboration with Trentino Network and Club DAB Italia organised a seminar on digital radio. The event was held on the 15-16 April in Trento the first Italian province to be involved with AGCOM (Autorità per le Garanzie nelle Comunicazioni) and the Ministry of Telecommunication and Economics in making the transition to the DAB family of standards.
A Digital Poland for All
The 5th Poznan Media Expo (PME) was finished successfully two weeks ago. This annual event named Forum of Digital Technology was as usual devoted to the issues surrounding electronic media, particularly to digital radio and television.
Polskie Radio Szczecin launches a DAB+ pilot to demonstrate new features and the great potential of digital radio.
Europe: Country News Summary
– Czech Republic
Asia Pacific Update
Interest in digital radio in the Asia Pacific region is at an all time high following transmission workshops in both Indonesia and Thailand. Utilising DAB+ equipment and expertise from Australia and Europe, Commercial Radio Australia and WorldDMB conducted DAB+ transmission demonstrations in Jakarta and Bangkok.
Digital radio in the connected car
The connected car has long been a hot topic in the automotive world. Vehicle manufacturers seem to forget cars and drivers have long been connected via their radio.
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 fans who don’t want to miss a game. The station is broadcast online and on DAB+ and is strongly committed to a digital strategy via DAB+ and IP and has embraced the commercial opportunities that digitisation has offered.
UPCOMING EVENTS INCLUDE
Technical meeting on future radio/TV services: 21 May 2013, Tunis, Tunisia
Technical Working Group “B” on radio and TV transmission: 22 May, Tunis, Tunisia
Asian Radiodays in conjunction with Asia Media Summit: 28 May, Manado, Indonesia
For more upcoming events visit the WorldDMB website
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