The number of countries joining together in adopting the DAB family of standards is continually growing. DAB has proven that it is a reliable future proof technology. The opportunities offered by the standard are numerous and in this edition of Eureka! Online just a few of these are highlighted. For example, Harris Broadcast provides an argument for the extensive cost savings that can be made by broadcasters when comparing DAB+ broadcasting with FM and DRM. The benefits, the flexibility of the standard and cost savings that can be made by switching to DAB+ provides huge incentives to government and broadcasters to make the switch, speed up the roll-out of the technology and take advantage of the opportunities presented as soon as possible. Will you be the next market to trial DAB+ and follow in the footsteps of over 40 other DAB/DAB+ markets.
Letter from the President
2014 will be an exciting year for the digital radio industry. As I take up my role of WorldDMB President I have a sense of huge optimism as during 2013 the DAB/ DAB+ digital radio footprint grew significantly across Europe, Asia Pacific and the Arab states and Africa.
WorldDMB Project Office
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WorldDMB Member’s Update
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Summary on the WorldDMB General Assembly ‘Migrating to a digital future’, The Netherlands, 5-6 November 2013
2013 was a year of successes and significant change as the DAB/ DAB+ digital radio footprint grew across Europe, Asia Pacific and the Arab States.
Appointment of a New WorldDMB President and WorldDMB Award for Outstanding Service
The 19th WorldDMB General Assembly in Amsterdam, The Netherlands saw the announcement of Patrick Hannon, VP of Corporate Development at Frontier Silicon as the incoming President of WorldDMB 2013-2015.
Feature Article: Harris Broadcast
DAB+: Efficient Content Delivery
In analogue broadcast systems of the past, power consumption was rarely considered key to the choice of technology or vendor. It was not seen as an important factor from the perspective of end-to-end efficiency or with respect to any single component of the broadcasting chain. However, this approach of discounting the issue of power consumption has undergone review.
Feature Article: IDAG, NRK
“LTE Broadcast” – The Next Hyped Broadcasting Challenger
Distribution networks for the internet are not designed for, nor capable of replacing broadcasting networks as the number of connected devices and the required bandwidth skyrockets.
Feature Article: Teracom AS
Radio via 3G/4G instead of FM/DAB+ – how hard can it be?
The following white paper was commissioned by Teracom AS and the findings were presented to delegates by Per Borga, WorldDMB Steering Board Member and Product Manager Radio at Teracom Group at the 19th WorldDMB General Assembly that was held from 5-6 November 2013 in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
Feature Article: Ofcom UK
Low-cost localised DAB/DAB+ broadcasting
During the winter of 2012/13 an experimental DAB multiplex was set up in central Brighton (UK) using open source based technology. The work1 demonstrated that a standalone multiplex is feasible for delivering additional digital services to small areas, and identified several methods that could be used to reduce the costs. This work could potentially enable community and local commercial radio stations to gain a foothold on the UK’s digital radio platform in a cost effective manner.
Feature Article: BBC
Challenges and opportunities offered by the connected car
Radio remains popular with drivers and passengers but in-car infotainment will be completely transformed by connected car technology. Growing usage of the internet and smartphones is impacting on the media services that people expect to have at their fingertips all the time and radio must adapt to this world of connected opportunities.
Feature Article: ADAC
Traffic and Travel Information from the point of view of the ADAC, Germany
The ADAC in Germany is one of the largest automotive clubs in Europe and the second largest in the world with over 18 million members. The ADAC offers its members around the clock assistance, protection and advice and represent the interests of motorists. The organisation is particularly active in the fields of road transport, consumer protection, traffic safety and road safety education.
Market Update: Germany
Germany provided Europe with momentum to adopt the standard. Their proactive, can-do approach has seen many other markets look to the German radio industry as they look to learn from their approach on issues of marketing to retailers and consumers, availability of receivers, services on air and automotive.
Market Update: Australia
The highest ever digital radio listening figures were recorded at the end of last year with DAB+ radio listening in Australia reaching a high of nearly 13% or more than 1.6 million people listening each week and the number of digital radios sold continues to rise with 87,555 DAB+ devices sold in the third quarter of 2013 bringing the total number of digital radios sold since the 2009 launch to 1,406,151.
Market Update: Asia Pacific
Interest in DAB+ in the Asia Pacific Region reached an all time high last year and the focus throughout 2014 will be to capitalise on the momentum created through the series of technical workshops conducted.
Summary of Workshop on the Public Application of DMB at CQUPT in October 2013
The Workshop on the Public Application of DMB, co-sponsored by WorldDMB and Chongqing University of Posts and Telecommunications(CQUPT) was held on the CQUPT campus on 21st – 23rd, October, 2013. Over 100 delegates were in attendance, with many CQUPT staff and students joining in to learn about the benefits of digital radio and the growth of the standard internationally. Other delegates came from other international organisations such as IDAG, Fraunhofer, Beijing Jolon, VTV Broadcom, Amaryllo, FCI Haier, and Unication.
During the 19th WorldDMB General Assembly Bassil Zoubi, Head of Transmission, ASBU Technical Department provided an update on the progress of the DAB+ digital radio adoption in the Arab States.
South Africa Overview
As 2013 drew to a close it was reported by the Sunday Times that South African broadcasters were preparing to start trialling services on DAB+. Radio industry stakeholders such as ICASA were in discussions on issues such as best practice of how to best introduce and roll out the digital radio standard. It has been reported that radio stations that want to participate in the trial will be provided with a free DAB+ signal from the state-owned signal distributor, Sentech.
Upcoming WorldDMB Events
Salon de la Radio: 9 – 11 February , Paris, France
EBU Digital Radio Summit : 12 February, Geneva, Switzerland
DAB+ Workshop in collaboration with ABU and RTM Malaysia: 28 February – 4 March , Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
ABU Digital Broadcasting Symposium 2014: 4 – 7 March, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
84th Geneva International Motor Show: 6 – 16 March, Geneva, Switzerland
Radiodays Europe 2014: 23 – 24 March , Dublin, Ireland
Digital Radio Broadcasting Africa Summit: 22 – 24 April, Capetown, South Africa
Radio Asia 2014: 22 – 24 May, Colombo, Sri Lanka
Media Summit on Climate Change, ICTs and Disaster Risk Reduction: 4 – 6 June , Jakarta, Indonesia
20th WorldDMB General Assembly: 4 – 5 November, Location TBC