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February 2017

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Dear Friends, Colleagues and Partners

The beginning of 2017 started with a flurry of DRM activity at least on three continents.

The Indian round table opened by the Minister of Information and Broadcasting was followed by the Broadcasting Engineering Conference, BES . DRM was strongly represented and Hyundai graced it with their latest model incorporating a DRM receiver. Great work from NXP and their collaborators in the Indian chipset and car industry! At the same time we received great news from Pakistan.

The final results of the DRM trial in Johannesburg in AM and the announcement of the imminent test in DRM for local coverage (DRM+) in Johannesburg too certainly put South Africa up there on the DRM map.

DRM was also present at European events in Geneva (EBU Digital Summit) and Paris.

Meanwhile preparations for more events, trials and workshops in the Asia-Pacific region keep all of us very busy.

Scrolling down you will get a lot of new and exciting information about all this and much more.

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)

For regular news about DRM visit:
www.drm.org

Latest News

India Inaugurates the Next Stage of the World’s Biggest Digital Radio Roll-out by All India Radio

The Honourable Shri M Venkaiah Naidu, Indian Minister for Information & Broadcasting,inaugurateda high-level round table meeting in New Delhi hosted by the DRM Consortium, in collaboration with BECIL.  The event was to update and stimulate the interest of key Indian stakeholders in the public phase launch of the project to digitise radio in India. Minister Naidu took the opportunity to also congratulate All India Radio (AIR) and Prasar Bharati on the successful completion of the first phase of the DRM project following the successful installation of 35 DRM digital radio transmitters by AIR.  Read more

The event was very well covered in the Indian and international press

DRM at Broadcast Engineering Society (BES -India) 

Representatives of the DRM Consortium participated again in the annual BES Expo 2017 (Broadcast Engineering Society) in New Delhi February 2nd - 4th. During the BES Conference, members of the Consortium presented their views on the development of digital radio and DRM in the world and addressed issues to do with the practical and optimum implementation of the DRM standard. Visitors to the BES Expo met DRM experts who were available to answer questions on DRM receivers, to learn about DRM solutions and applications from several key DRM member representatives (Ampegon, Fraunhofer IIs, Gospell, NXP, Nautel, RFmondial, Communication Systems INC, Transradio).  

Hyundai Cars with DRM as NXP and MOBIS India Deploy DRM chips and Receivers Designed in India 

Hyundai Mobis has announced the successful completion of field trials of Mobis DRM receivers and NXP chips designed in India.

The chips and DRM receivers are now deployed in DRM-fitted car infotainment receivers available in a newly launched Hyundai vehicle in India.  New entry level and luxury car models from Hyundai Motors will feature DRM receivers.  Read more

Press Coverage of the announcement: ET Auto; Voice and Data; Enterprise IT World; The Data Driver; wn.com; Autonewspress; Radioactivity

DRM+ for the First Time in Africa- Community Station (WECODEC) - Granted DRM+ Trial Licence in South Africa

The community station run by the Westbury Community Development Centre (WECODEC) has been granted a licence by the South African regulator, ICASA, to start a DRM+ trial in Johannesburg. The trial is scheduled to commence on 1st March will be the first DRM+ trial in Africa.

DRM30 Test Results Made Public by Radio Pulpit in South Africa 

The excellent results from a DRM30 MW trial carried out last year by South African broadcaster Radio Pulpit, a member of the DRM Consortium, have been published.  Read more

Digital: Old Myths or New Realities?

DRM Consortium Chairman, Ruxandra Obreja in her latest blog discusses the myths and realities of digital radio. Read more

European Radio Show

At the European Radio show held in Paris Jan. 29–31, during one of the conference sessions, DRM members Radio France International took part in a discussion on the status and development of digital radio in Africa.  Many countries on the continent now use digital content management systems and are also looking at digitising radio broadcasts.  

EBU Digital Radio Summit

During its Annual Digital Radio week the EBU delegates heard that despite challenges for broadcasters, radio listening remains strong. At the meeting, Mathias Stoll, Ampegon AG and Vice-Chair of the DRM Consortium presented the latest news from India where one of the world’s largest digital radio deployment is underway.  Read more

Also presenting at the Event, Nigel Fry, Head of Distribution BBC World Service gave a global perspective of digital radio. 

Radio Pakistan Starts Conversion to DRM+ Technology

Radio Pakistan has started converting its AM and FM transmitters to DRM+ technology.  With DRM for local coverage (DRM+) Radio Pakistan will provide its listeners with clear, feature rich broadcasts. Radio Pakistan’s Director General Khurshid Malik was updated on the project on a recent visit to the national broadcaster.  Read more

Digital Radio Mondiale (DRM) at ABU Digital Broadcasting Symposium (DBS) 2017

The DRM Consortium will hold a workshop at this year’s ABU DBS in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on 7th March, 1615-1730 in Conference Room Taming Sari 3.  DRM experts will lead the workshop: "Digital Radio Mondiale - practical implementation for success ", will give delegates the opportunity to be updated on the steps to a successful roll-out.  The Consortium will also be present at booth No. 33. To attend the workshop, please contact projectoffice@drm.org.

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.


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Why Radio Isn’t (and Shouldn’t Be) Going Away

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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:

  • 21-24 February African Union of Broadcasters, Dakar, Senegal
  • 6-9 March ABU DBS Symposium - - The Royale Chulan Hotel, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia - DRM Workshop 2 on Tuesday, 7 March 16:15-17:30 in Conference Room Taming Sari 3 - contact: projectoffice@drm.org
    Meet DRM Experts: Booth No.33

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