November 2016

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Dear Friends, Colleagues and Partners,

From India we get good news as AIR's efforts in DRM are recognised by the Government .

This month we also bring more details about the Caribbean Broadcasting Union (CBU) General Assembly, held in Cuba in October. To support the presentations, the event benefited from live DRM transmissions in short wave, too.

Below you will also get more information on some DRM activity in France and on a DRM event held recently in Austria. You will also find an interesting article on the multi-standard software defined receiver unveiled this autumn.

If you ever wondered if it is better to digitise radio piecemeal or at one go for the benefit of a whole country, please have a look and react to some of the thoughts just published by Radio World

We are also ready to announce the winner of the 2016 DRM Enterprise Award so, please, read on. Congratulations to the winner!

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Ruxandra Obreja 
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Latest News

All India Radio (AIR) Praised for Innovative Broadcasting

The Minister for Information & Broadcasting, Mr Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu, recently praised AIR for reinventing itself through DRM.  AIR is currently undertaking the largest digital radio deployment in the world using DRM technology.  When complete, it will give access to radio and other services, including emergency warning facility to over a billion people.  Read more

AIR Siliguri Officially Inaugurated

The Deputy Director General of AIR North East has inaugurated the DRM MW 200 kW transmitter on 711 kHz on 26th October.  Read more

The Software defined radio Titus II gets an in-depth look

The new multi-standard receiver Titus II reviewed in Radio World.

Winner Announced - DRM Enterprise Award – Asia Pacific Region 2016

 Alexander Zink, Fraunhofer IIS (DRM Vice-Chair) with RRI Denpasar Engineers and Andrew Allan (GatesAir)

The winners of the DRM Enterprise Award – Asia Pacific Region 2016 jointly sponsored by SAS, the leader in analytics was awarded to the team of RRI engineers at Denpasar, Indonesia:  Mr Salwan, Manager of Technology and New Media Director; Mr Ketut Suandi, Assistant Manager Transmitter, and Mr Cok Dalem Javadi, Staff of Technology and New Media Director.   Read more

DRM Presented at Caribbean Broadcasting Union (CBU) General Assembly in Cuba

To attend CBU General Assembly, 24th to 27 October, in Havana was a unique opportunity to better understand the geopolitics forces at play in a region which remains at the strategic crossroads between north and south America, according to DRM Steering Board member, Carlos Acciari (RFI).  Read more

Going Digital: Catch All or Step by Step?

DRM Consortium Chairman, Ruxandra Obreja, considers the best ways for introducing digital broadcasting to guarantee growth and success.  Read more

DRM Short Wave Tests in Brazil

Since the end of October, Radio Nacional da Amazônia of EBC (the Brazilian Public Broadcaster) has been transmitting in DRM30 on short wave (9.750 kHz). The transmission is a trial organized by ABRADIG (Brazilian Digital Radio Association) and EBC, with the support of the DRM Consortium. It was a low power (150 W) transmitter installed at the Rodeador Site in Brasília, the capital in the centre of the country. The aim of this test was to assess the behaviour of the equipment, signal quality and system stability. The coverage area was expected to be small because of the low power but, despite all this, the signal was detected all around Brazil and there were some intermittent signals received in New Zealand. After good initial feedback the tests should be resumed in the future. 

DRM Updates Meeting of Community and Media Institute in Austria 

Detlef Pagel, Vice chairman of the German DRM Platform, presented an update to delegates at a meeting of Community and Media Institute in Austria (COMMIT) earlier this month (9-10 November).  Read more

DRM Tests in Bretagne, France

The French audio-visual regulator CSA has granted a 9 month licence to TDF to test a medium-wave DRM broadcast on the 1071 kHz frequency from Pont-de-Buis Les Quimerch (Finistère). - Access to Continue

In last month's DRM Newsletter we announced that the website would be permanently closed. However, we are happy to announce that the website  site will now continue to operate thanks to the kind and generous support of Mr Neil Savin.  Please continue to use the site and contribute to the helpful forum.   

Around the Web

BBC World Service announces biggest expansion 'since the 1940s'

In cars, traditional radio is still king (for now)

BBG Says Its Worldwide Audience Is Growing

Sweden cancels radio spectrum auction over security fear

Did you know?

  • Over 30 broadcasters carry regular DRM transmissions, covering almost half the world’s population.
  • The DRM standard is now fully endorsed by the ITU(International Telecommunications Union) and ETSI (European Telecommunications Standards Institute).
  • The DRM standard as recommended by ITU and ETSI includes built-in Emergency Warning tools for swift and effective mass-notification in crises.   Listen here.
  • DRM publishes a special monthly Noticeboard for India, and a new India page pulls together key DRM information on India.  


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