January 2016

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Dear Friends, Colleagues and Partners,

Happy New Year! And it looks like this will be a full DRM year with preparations already afoot for the DRM presence at the ITU Global Forum on Emergency Telecommunications in Kuwait, the HFCC meeting in Istanbul, both at the end of January.

The DRM Consortium will also be present at the biggest broadcast engineering event in India BES (beginning of February). This will be another chance to demonstrate the Indian receiver while the DRM roll-out is continuing in India.

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Ruxandra Obreja
Chair, DRM Consortium

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Best Wishes and Looking Forward to 2016!

Happy New Year and lots of good DRM news! In 2016 we hope to see new receivers and progress in the DRM roll-out in Asia, Africa and increased interest from other parts of the world.

2015 proved not only a very busy year but also one with interesting developments. The new Indian receiver with all its exciting DRM features is now available and worked well during IBC 2015 but also at events held in central Europe, Turkey and Tanzania. The roll-out of DRM continues in India and exciting demonstrations and projects have taken shape in Pakistan and Indonesia with the public broadcasters in these countries joining the Consortium.

In the year just finished we saw good DRM results and interest in South Africa but also in some Arab countries and Russia. Vietnam, some central European countries and ASBU (Arab states) were interested in better understanding the flexibility, energy efficiency and excellent quality of DRM.

In 2016 we see Asian countries like Pakistan and Indonesia really pushing forward DRM. We expect DRM above 30MHz (DRM+) to be making its way towards a wider acceptance and roll-out.

Our work continues with receiver manufacturers for standalone but also, car and tablet solutions.  

In the next two months we will be part of the ITU effort in raising the issue of the availability of disaster warning solutions through digital radio.

We will bring new things to the engineering conference and exhibition in India while planning our presence and other activities in Asia. Our General Assembly will be held in April in Germany and we are excited about twinning it with a European event.

A lot to plan, to do and to get involved in! Please help us achieve that step change we really wish for DRM!

Best regards
Ruxandra Obreja
Chair, DRM Consortium

BBC Staff to Experience DRM the Platform Integrator

Ahead of the DRM Steering Board meeting scheduled to take place at the BBC’s headquarters in London next week, BBC and the DRM Consortium are offering BBC staff the chance to experience the excellent DRM sound. On Wednesday the 20th January producers will experience how BBC programmes can be enhanced in digital by creating and aggregating content, linked to social media for renewed interactivity and interest.  The event will be conducted by BBC and international DRM specialists (representing Consortium members: Babcock International, Fraunhofer IIS and Radio Haugaland). 

DRM Roll-Out Continues Apace in India

According to Nautel, the company supplying and installing the majority of DRM transmitters in India, 75% of Installations are now on air! All Shipments were completed in under a year. More here

All India Radio, Rajkot Transmitter – New Extended Schedules

The 1000 kW MW DRM transmitter in Rajkot (Western India) has extended its analogue-digital transmissions from one analogue and one digital transmission to one analogue and two digital transmissions.  More here

All India Radio, Siliguri Transmitter Goes Digital

All India Radio from Siliguri goes digital with DRM 200KW transmitter. 

Chennai Operating in Pure DRM

The 20kW MW transmitter at Chennai will operate in pure DRM.  The transmitter will carry two channels Vividh Bharati Service (Bollywood music) and FM Rainbow, Chennai.

Around the Web

Modulation Index Adds xHE-AAC

Radio So Much More Powerful than TV

New website for All India Radio external services

Digital Radio to be pushed while FM license auctions centres on big cities in India

ITU @ 150 - Historical Timeline

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.  


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