Digital Radio study tour

12 April 2010

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Radio broadcasters from Malaysia and Hong Kong are visiting Sydney this week and taking part in a Commercial Radio Australia (CRA) digital radio study tour to gain firsthand knowledge and experience of DAB+ digital radio.

The trialing and subsequent roll out of DAB+ digital radio will begin over the next 12 to 18 months in Hong Kong and two delegates from (RTHK) Radio TV Hong Kong are taking part in the tour.  A two year DAB+ trial is set to start in Malaysia later this year and the delegation includes representatives from leading Malaysian radio networks and the country’s national broadcasting training institute.

Commercial Radio Australia chief executive officer, Joan Warner said: “DAB+ digital radio technology is expanding its reach as an international standard and Australian commercial and public broadcasters have the knowledge and experience to share with our Asia Pacific Broadcasting Union (ABU) colleagues.”

The digital radio study tour delegates will meet with commercial and public broadcasters as well as the industry regulator the Australian Communication and Media Authority (ACMA), the Department of Broadband Communications and the Digital Economy (DBCDE) and the tower operator TXA Australia. 

Leader of the study tour Dato’ Borhanuddin Bin Osman, Executive Director of AMP Radio Networks and President of Commercial Radio Malaysia said: “We have built excellent relationships with Commercial Radio Australia over many years and as Australia is a world leader in digital radio we are sure to gain invaluable DAB+ technical and commercial knowledge from this visit.”

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Background

• Hong Kong will adopt DAB+ over the next 12 to 18 months.  The two major broadcasters RTHK and Wave Media will be co-ordinating the rollout of permanent services.

• China announced in May 2006 that DAB was the chosen industrial standard. DAB and DMB are on-air in cities and regions across the country including: Beijing, Guangdong, Hennan, Dalian, Yunnan, Liaoning, Hunan, Zhejiang, Anhui and Shenzhen. 

• Italy conducted DAB+ trials in 2007 and has recently confirmed they will proceed with the implementation of this technology.

• Switzerland has commenced the migration from DAB to DAB+ services. This will be completed between 2012 and 2015.

• Poland launched its first DAB+ multiplex in May 2009 in the city of Wroclaw. This first pilot was planned to last for six months, after which time the stakeholders will transform the tests into a commercial launch.

• DAB in Germany covers nearly 85% of the country with over 180 different radio stations available. The public broadcasters (ARD and Deutschlandradio) have planned a restart of a DAB+ digital radio in mid 2010. The German commission of broadcasting policies has already approved a nationwide commercial DAB+ multiplex, which is able to transmit between 10 and 15 radio programmes.

• Indonesia announced in April 2009 that the DAB family would be the official standard for digital radio broadcasting in Indonesia. More recently, they have confirmed that DAB+ trials supported by both the public and private broadcasters will commence in May 2010.

• France has mandated that all imported cars be fitted with the DMB audio technology by 2013 (a variant of DAB+/DMB/DAB family of standards), more than 2m vehicles are imported into France each year so these are likely to support DAB, DAB+ and DMB audio for sale across Europe).

• Malta and Hungary have already adopted DAB+.

• Denmark and Norway are using the DAB family.