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Digital Radio Mondiale holds its first Webinar in Portuguese to discuss digital radio for Brazil

Digital Radio Mondiale holds its first Webinar in Portuguese to discuss digital radio for Brazil

The DRM Consortium associated to the DRM Brazilian Platform held the first webinar in Brazil about digital radio on June 19th. The title of the event was: “DRM – the flexible and economic path for the analog/digital transition.” During a dynamic one hour participants watched a dynamic presentation and listened to four Brazilian specialists on digital radio. First Rafael Diniz, Chair of the Brazilian Platform and Ginga researcher in PUC-Rio (University of Rio de Janeiro) explained how the system works and its benefits. Then Dr. Nélia del Bianco, a researcher and professor from the University of Brasília, and the DRM guest to the event, talked about the importance of digitizing SW and MW bands, making reference to various viewpoints including a UNESCO study on the subject. João Eduardo Filho, VP of the Brazilian Platform and CEO of MTA Electronics, one of the key transmitter manufacturers in brazil, focused on the extended FM band, called “channels 5 and 6” in Brazil, demonstrating the benefit of using this new band that will be allocated to radio transmissions, in full digital mode. Carlos Acciari, radio consultant from France, talked about DRM and IP dispelling some of the myths and explaining why DRM is an “open” ready for use system. To round it all up, Rafael Diniz made the clear arguments about why DRM is the best system for Brazil.

At the end of the webinar, the panelists answered several questions from the audience (one on the very challenge of channels 5 and 6). After the event Marcelo Goedert, the mediator of the webinar and DRM representative in Brazil, received many messages after the event, from all around the country, with compliments for the DRM initiative and successful debate about this important matter.

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