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March 2017

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Dear Friends, Colleagues and Partners

There has been a lot of DRM activity in the last few weeks.

In India simulcast and pure DRM transmissions, with some extra features that give the DRM the upper hand over analogue, can be heard and enjoyed now much more widely than before. The Chairman of our India Chapter will give you some much anticipated details below.

In Pakistan, our Consortium member Pakistan Broadcasting Corporation (PBC) has also undertaken significant DRM activity. This was well featured in the presentations given at the ABU Digital Broadcasting Symposium in Kuala Lumpur at the beginning of the month.

Our Brazilian colleagues will also update us on what is happening in that vast country.

A successful workshop held recently in Iran and the preparations for our presence at CABSAT in Dubai, NAB in Las Vegas and the DRM General Assembly to be held in Zurich, Switzerland in May  keep us all on our toes.

 We also think very constantly of our next DRM Enterprise Award which we would like to make African in 2017. So please start working, writing and nominating.

If you have exciting news about you or you want your company to feature in the next Newsletter projectoffice@drm.org can tell you how!

Finally, please do not forget to join us on Twitter,YouTube and Flickr.  

And if you want to join the Consortium please contact projectoffice@drm.org

Ruxandra Obreja
Chair, DRM Consortium 
ruxandra.obreja@drm.org

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Latest News

DRM at Asia Broadcasting Union Digital Broadcasting Symposium (ABU DBS) 2017

The Digital Radio Mondiale Consortium was fully involved at this year’s ABU DBS held from March 6-9 in Malaysia.  DRM Chairman Ruxandra Obreja gave an update on advanced DRM and DRM Vice-Chairman, Alexander Zink, Fraunhofer IIS, made a presentation on the possibilities of bringing free-to-air Journaline advanced text services to DRM receivers, to help strengthen the broadcasters’ connection to their audiences and opening new revenue opportunities.

DRM specialists from the BBC, GatesAir, TWR and the Indonesian public broadcaster RRI, held a successful workshop “Digital Radio Mondiale – Practical Implementation for Success” giving delegates an update on the best steps towards a successful introduction of DRM.  The workshop was supported by a live DRM transmission by Babcock International.  The transmission was picked up by Terje Isberg, a keen DRM DXer in Japan.

For more press reports on ABU DBS, click here and here.

Photographs from DBS can be viewed on the ABU’s Flickr site.

Digital Radio Mondiale (DRM) - Digital Radio for All India

Currently undergoing one of the world’s largest digital radio deployments All India Radio (AIR) the public broadcaster in India is on course to deliver the benefits of digital radio to 1.2 billion citizens across the country using DRM digital radio technology.  This ambitious project has been praised by the Hon’ble Union Minister for Information and Broadcasting Shri Venkaiah Naidu in January.  Yogendra Pal, the Hon Chair of the DRM India Chapter gives an update in his latest article.  Read more

Interview with Mr. Ismar do Vale Junior – EBCs Radio Maintenance Co-ordinator

With a new DRM test in shortwave (SW) planned in Brazil in the next two months to be conducted with local effort and involvement, DRM Country Representative, Marcelo Goedert spoke to Ismar do Vale Junior, the radio maintenance co-ordinator at EBC, the Brazilian public broadcaster for an update on digitisation in Brazil.  Read more

Pakistan Moves Towards DRM Digital Migration

Pakistan Broadcasting Radio has imported 20 FM DRM+ capable transmitters from GatesAir to launch test transmissions of DRM+ from 3 cities, Islamabad, Lahore and Karachi.  To publicise the transmissions, PBC is planning an international seminar in April to give maximum publicity to all stakeholders including government functionaries, regulators, broadcasters, car manufacturers, mobile phone manufacturers, equipment suppliers and the media.  

DRM Enterprise Award – Africa Region 2017

The DRM Enterprise Award for 2017 will be open to entries from Africa. The DRM Enterprise Award - Africa - is to be presented to an individual or an organisation that has promoted Digital Radio Mondiale successfully, applied innovatively and actively introduced DRM in a specific market. 

The winner of the cash prize will be selected by an independent board of specialists, made up of representatives drawn from organisations within the region and representatives of the DRM Consortium.

Previous winners have been the Solomon Islands Broadcasting Corporation (SIBC) and last year’s winners, engineers from Radio Republik of Indonesia, RRI.

For more information or to submit an entry contact: projectoffice@drm.org.

Audio Blog on Current DRM Developments from Fraunhofer IIS

In its latest audio blog, Fraunhofer IIS examines the latest developments on DRM developments.  Click here to read more.

DRM Members Head to Switzerland for this Year’s General Assembly

The 2017 DRM General Assembly (GA) will this year be hosted by key member Ampegon AG in Switzerland on 10-11 May.  Under the banner “DRM Delivers”, the GA will be held over 2 days comprising of a closed members’ only session and a session open to specially invited guests.  Read more

Where I Heard DRM

The DRM Project Office received a message from Bryan Clark from New Zealand saying:

“After investing in a DRM licence last November, I finally was able to get a readable signal yesterday of Radio Romania International's French language service on 6040kHz at 0600 UTC.

I am listening in Mangawhai, on the northeast coast of New Zealand with a WinRadio G33DDC Excalibur SDR receiver”. Bryan Clark

Please keep sending your contributions to: projectoffice@drm.org


Around the Web

AIR has acquired 37 DRM transmitters, in talks to get cheaper radio sets

Nautel R&D Growth

Engineering Radio Blog advocates for DRM30


Did you know?

  • Following requests from our readers, we have updated the DRM schedules on our website. So please check for yourself!  List of DRM transmissions Interactive map
  • 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 Introduction and Implementation Guide have been updated to include the ETSI revised standard and are available online, in English and Russian.
  • 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. 
  • DRM Receivers will be available in new cars coming on to the Indian market from Hyundai
  • You can still contribute to www.drmrx.org.

Nautel
Ampegon

Upcoming events:

21-23 March, CABASAT, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

22-23 March, DRM German Platform, Bonn, Germany


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