Issue 25 (April 2015)


Delivering DAB to the listener.

The latest WorldDMB infographic highlighted the growing demand for receivers with DAB functionality for the home and in the car.  As receivers sold in key digital markets grow to over 34 million across Europe and Asia Pacific, industries are collaborating to ensure they provide the right receivers for both new and developing markets.  In this edition we explore how broadcasters, roll-out bodies and retailers work together to meet customer demand with examples from Australia, Norway, Switzerland and the United Kingdom.  We also look forward to the 6th WorldDMB European Automotive Event where the spotlight will be on the efforts made within the automotive and radio industries to ensure radio does not lose its prominence on the dashboard. 



WorldDMB PresidentLetter from the President

The first quarter of 2015 has seen continued development of digital radio in numerous markets.

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Article: Building confidence in digital radio – from the retailer to the customer

Digitalradio Norge, Digital Radio Plus Australia, MCDT and Digital Radio UK discuss their relationships with retailers to help them them communicate the benefits of digital radios to listeners.

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Article: The potential for RNT in France – CSA digital radio report

In January, the CSA published a report based on consultations with representatives and professionals from the broadcasting industry to answer a decisive question: what is the place of RNT, in this fast changing environment?

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Article: Gearing up for the 6th WorldDMB European Automotive Event, 20 May 2015, Brussels
The event will provide a forum to discuss topics including coverage of digital signals, technical issues such as service following and user interfaces in-car, usability in-car, updates on digital radio developments in markets across Europe and radio as part of the connected car.

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Salon de la Radio

Article: Radio’s beautiful and rich future – Salon de la Radio 2015
During 8-10 February, Paris welcomed over 4,000 visitors to Salon de la Radio, a unique event bringing together the professional radio industry in France.

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Article: WorldDMB Executive Summary
The WorldDMB Executive Summary is an 8 page report of the global roll-out of DAB/DAB+ digital radio and the switch-over criteria for countries which have a plan in place.

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Market Update: Asia Pacific Think Tank announced
Broadcasters and regulators in Asia Pacific countries actively exploring, trialling and moving towards a DAB+ broadcast future will be invited to a high level policy and regulatory Think Tank to be hosted by WorldDMB within the next 12 months. Announced at the recent ABU Digital Broadcasting Symposium in Kuala Lumpur, WorldDMB will invite senior decision makers to work together to examine any roadblocks and provide solutions for the next steps to make DAB+ a reality in the region.

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Technical Committee Update: Hybrid Radio has just got easier
One of the functions of the WorldDMB Technical Committee is to develop new specifications and guidelines in Task Forces and keep existing documents up to date.  One Task Force that has just completed its work is “TF Hybrid Radio”, which has now been closed because the specifications it worked on have been published by ETSI.

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WorldDMB Members Update
WorldDMB welcomes two new organisations and highlights the latest industry news from members.

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WorldDAB is the global forum for digital radio, facilitating the adoption and implementation of digital broadcast radio based on DAB, DAB+. Its membership includes public and commercial broadcasters, network providers, receiver, chip and car manufacturers.

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