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April 2016

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Dear Friends, Colleagues and Partners,

April has been a successful month for DRM. Our General Assembly held on April 5-6 in Germany was a rich and positive event. Updates, elections and good news from some new markets like Zambia, as well as a very successful visit to Nuremberg and its historic beer caves lifted the spirits of all the participants. The first DRM workshop for Europe completed the annual get together on the 7th and launched a clear message in favour of the two-standard receiver in Europe.

The interest of the automotive industry in DRM spurred  by the India roll out, the excellent demonstrations of the full software defined radio, the traffic information delivered on DRM and so much more brought new elements and excellent substance to the three-day DRM events.

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Ruxandra Obreja 
Chair, DRM Consortium

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Latest News

Digital Radio Mondiale™ (DRM) holds successful General Assembly at Fraunhofer IIS Headquarters in Germany, April 5-6 2016

The 2016 General Assembly (GA) of the DRM Consortium took place on 5th and 6th of April at the headquarters of Fraunhofer IIS in Erlangen, near Nuremberg (Germany), one of the most innovative research institutes in the world.  The theme for this year’s GA was “Digital Radio Mondiale – Smart Radio for Everyone”. The GA was held in conjunction with the DRM European Workshop and gave an opportunity to Consortium members and invited guests to meet and exchange exclusive information on key DRM markets like India and on the progress of DRM in the world. The General Assembly elected its leading body, the Consortium Steering Board, and reconfirmed its chair and vice-chairs. For the first time representatives of public broadcasters RRI (Indonesia) and PBC (Pakistan) have been invited to join the Steering Board.  Read more

The first DRM European Workshop Held in Conjunction with the DRM General Assembly, April 7th

Under the banner “Flexible and Complete Digital Radio for Europe”, the first ever DRM European event had excellent presentations on aspects of DRM energy efficiency, its excellent coverage, spectrum savings (with new elements developed for VHF Band III). The receiver session in which the automotive industry was well represented was a true eye-opener. The workshop ended with a request for European stakeholders to support and manufacture DRM and DAB+ Receivers.  Read more

Further press coverage on the DRM GA and European Workshop available at:

DRM Most Favoured Digital Solution for Zambia

DRM is the choice for Zambia, according to Mr Eustace Nkandu, Director at the Independent Broadcasting Authority of this country who stressed that: “Zambia wants to commence the process of digital migration for radio and the position is that DRM is the most favoured digital sound system.”

The regulatory body in Zambia has been asked to spearhead the country’s digital migration for radio. As a result, the regulator has sent out letters to all radio stations licensed in Zambia to send their submissions on digital migration. This will be followed by a meeting of the key stakeholders for further discussions.

All India Radio (AIR) Makes Prominent the DRM Schedules

AIR schedules of DRM transmissions are available on the AIR website together with other information for Listeners.

BBC DRM Schedules News

The latest BBC schedules for DRM to Asia and Europe are now available on the DRM website.

DRM in Morocco - Thomson Broadcast Delivers a New DRM Ready High-Power Transmitter to Morocco

Key DRM member Thomson Broadcast was recently awarded a government contract from the Moroccan SNRT(Société Nationale de Radiodiffusion et de Télévision) to deploy a new DRM ready high-power transmission system composed of 2 redundant 400 KW units of its new S7HP neo transmitter line. Thomson Broadcast has also offered complete services including installation and commissioning, civil work and refurbishment of the feeder and the antenna tuning.  Read more

Radio World International - Global Digital Radio Developments

The publishers of Radio World International have published a free e-book on the evolution of digital radio which includes information on some of the DRM Consortium members and an extensive interview on the Emergency Warning Functionality of DRM.  

Panasonic Joins DRM Consortium

The DRM Consortium is pleased to welcome Panasonic as its newest member.  Panasonic joined other DRM members at the recent DRM General Assembly held in Germany.

DRM Enterprise Asia-Pacific Award 2016/17

The DRM Consortium announced that the DRM Enterprise Award for 2016-17 will be presented to an individual or an organisation that has promoted Digital Radio Mondiale successfully, applied innovatively and actively introduced DRM in the Asia Pacific region.   Read more

Radio’s Three Digital Radio Standards (Radio World)

DRM Chair, Ruxandra Obreja examines the 3 main recommended digital standards and the growing awareness that a mixture of standards may be the key to accelerating radio digital switchover.  Read more

DRM (Media Broadcast) Keeps German Sailors in Touch with Family and latest News

Members of the German Navy have been kept well informed wherever they were in the world through the ingenious use of the DRM digital broadcasting system since 2013.  Read more   Click here to view a video (in German). 

 


Around the Web


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
  • The DRM India page also lists the latest All India Radio DRM transmissions. Click here
  • The latest information on DRM transmissions and schedules is available here. Please let us know if you hear DRM anywhere else!  UPDATED
  • 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 Telecommmnications Union) and ETSI (European Telecomunications 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.  

Nautel
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