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May 2015

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Dear Friends, Colleagues and Partners,

DRM is progressing in its global ambitions and these last few weeks have seen digital developments in India and the growing interest of Arab and African countries in the technology, as you can see from our reports below.

While work is continuing on the Indian receiver, we are also preparing for future events in Turkey, Myanmar, Singapore and Romania. 

If you have looked at the new DRM schedules up on the DRM website we would appreciate it if you helped us add or correct the information we have by using the new information box on the newsletter (on the right).

Thank you to all the contributors who have sent their DRM listening reports. This information helps us keep the transmission schedule up to date.  Please keep sending your contributions.

As we have also updated one of our key technical documents Minimum Receiver Requirements (MRR), as well as the DRM schedules, this has been recently made available on the DRM website.

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

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

Ruxandra Obreja 
Chair, DRM Consortium

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Latest News

Another All India Radio station to go digital

The Kothagudem-based All India Radio (AIR) station is all set to embrace the digital technology for improving its transmission quality and expanding its reach beyond the primary expected coverage area. More here

Inauguration of AIR Jammu

300 KW High Power DRM compatible transmitter to be dedicated to Radio Kashmir, Jammu on 19th May 2015 at 10.30 am by Dr Jitendra Singh, Hon'ble Union Minister.

More simulcast testing in India

AIR Bengaluru is testing in simulcast mode, 612 kHz analogue + 621 kHz DRM

The current schedule is:

5.55 am - 3.00 pm IST (Indian Standard Time)
5.30 pm - 11.10 pm IST

If you wish to send your reports please address them to: spectrum-manager@air.org.in

All India Radio and BBC World Services design special programming for earthquake affected Nepal

In the wake of recent earthquake that affected Nepal and India, All India Radio (AIR) and British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) have designed special programming for affected areas of Indo-Nepal border and Nepal respectively. More here

DRM event at the Arab States Broadcasting Union (ASBU) in Tunisia

The Arab States Broadcasting Union (ASBU) has invited the Digital Radio Mondiale Consortium to participate in a Seminar on Digital Audio Broadcasting during the Television and Radio Festival held in Yasmine Hammamet between 13-15 May 2015.  This is the first time DRM has been offered the opportunity to address stakeholders of Arab countries about the standard and its features and major benefits. Read more

DRM present at the International Summit on Digital Broadcasting held in Nigeria 

Following closely the DRM extensive presentation at the SADIBA event in Johannesburg in April, DRM was presented at another successful event held this time in Abuja (May 6-7). Gerhard Filipp, Area Sales Manager of Ampegon AG, represented his company and the Consortium at this ground-breaking summit. Recently returned to Switzerland he shared with us some of his impressions.

South African Policy document mentions simultaneous licensing of DRM and DAB services 

The South African regulator (ICASA) looks like not making a recommendation on the switch off of AM and/or FM signals. According to an Information and Communication Technologies policy document of the Ministry of Telecommunications and Postal Services, the licensing of DRM and DAB services must be facilitated in parallel. More here

Digital radio – Which way will South Africa go? 

A good question posed to the DRM Chairman by one of the South Africa’s most respected online publications during a recent SADIBA event in Johannesburg.  Full report here 

DRM Trial Radio Station (Radio Pulpit 657AM) underlines the benefits of digital radio and DRM for Southern Africa

Representative of the Digital Radio Mondiale Southern Africa (DRMSA) Platform joined digital media experts from around the globe in presenting the future of digital radio in Southern Africa at the Southern African Digital Broadcasting Association (SADIBA) Conference held in Johannesburg last month. More here

Brazilian AM to FM Migration Proceeding at Snail’s  Pace

President Dilma Rousseff signed almost a year and a half ago a decree on the migration from AM to FM. And until now not one single Brazilian AM radio station has started transmitting in VHF. More details from the DRM representative in Brazil, Marcelo Goedert.  Read more

DRM at the NASB 2015 Annual Meeting, Washington, USA

Calvin Carter from Continental Electronics (DRM Consortium Steering Board member) will give an update on the DRM Consortium international activities on Friday 22nd May at 9:00 am.   KTWR will also update delegates on their DRM trial. 

View the full agenda of activities here


Around the Web

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

Upcoming events:

May

June-July

  • 2-5 June - Broadcast Asia, Marina Bay Sands, Singapore
  • 22-23 June - Southern African Development Community (SADC) Digital Migration (DTT) Forum, Swakopmund, Namibia
  • 30 June - 1 July - MEDIA 2020 - Bringing Media to the Future, Bucharest, Romania

August

  • 24-28 August, HFCC Conference in Brisbane, Australia

 

 


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