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Newsletter

May 2015

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Dear Friends, Colleagues and Partners,

DRM is progressing in its global ambitions. Please check below very important launches and (just off the press) announcements in India. There is growing interest in Arab and African countries, as demosntrated in these past few weeks.

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

For regular news about DRM visit:
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Latest News

Stop Press: Inauguration of AIR Jammu

Minister of State in the Prime Minister's Office (PMO) Jitendra Singh today inaugurated the 300 kilowatt DRM High Power Transmitter of 'Radio Kashmir' in Jammu. The new Transmitter will transmit All India Radio programmes all over the state, and beyond the borders.

Director General of All India Radio Fiyaz Shehriyar said, "As a part of migration to Digital Radio, it has been decided that by the year 2017, a complete switch over to digital mode will be made. All India Radio started with small leaps in this direction way back in 2013." AS explained in the article published by the very influential Business Standard….A DRM transmitter can transmit signals both in analog and digital modes. DRM technology is regarded as the harbinger of digital radio revolution in the country.

DRM radio broadcasts will have many additional value added services such as improved audio quality, stereo capability, single frequency operation, transmitting maximum four services or channels simultaneously from the same transmitter, vehicular, portable and fixed reception, less susceptibility to fading effects and improved reception reliability.

Other future plans for Radio Kashmir, Jammu include replacement of the old 10 kW transmitter by a new transmitter towards the end of next year. Please check full article.

Other articles on the inauguration:

SIFY news

Daily Excelsior

Rediff

Sach 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

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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