Digital Radio Mondiale at IBC 2018: ‘DRM Drives Forward’

Press Release

Digital Radio Mondiale (DRM) is gearing up for an exciting presence and new announcements at this year’s International Broadcasting Convention (IBC) in Amsterdam 14th—18th September. IBC is the largest media, entertainment and technology show in Europe and attracts over 1 700 exhibitors from all over the world.

Under the overarching theme “DRM Drives Forward” the DRM Consortium has arranged a series of events aimed at giving a full picture of the many DRM global developments that have taken place in the last 12 months, with relevant announcements for the future. At all DRM events participants will be able to receive the latest updates on market developments in Asia, Africa, Europe and other parts of the world and find out about the latest, new DRM broadcast equipment and receivers.

The DRM series will be kicked-off with an exciting event hosted by Fraunhofer IIS. This event to be held on Friday 14th September (Hall 8 B80 from 1500 to 1630) will focus on “South Africa – the Digital Journey Has Started” and how DRM can deliver for a lot of large countries with diverse communities and needs. A good opportunity to bring exciting news from a huge DRM country like India, too.

The next day – on Saturday September the 15th between 1530 and 1700 (Hall 8 C49)Nautel invites everyone interested to an event with the theme: “Getting the World Ready for DRM”.

And Sunday 16th September Ampegon is inviting to a special event “DRM- Better, Quicker, Cheaper Digital” from 1100 to 1300 (Hall 8 E62).

Ruxandra Obreja, the Consortium Chairman, says that: “The Consortium members want to discuss, based on real experiences, the practical ways of implementing DRM. DRM delivers an immediate digital future for all broadcasters large or small, offering more programme choice to listeners, extra multimedia services and Emergency Warning Functionality, with increased energy savings and spectrum efficiency.”

If you want to attend the DRM events, please contact:



The Ministry of Digital Development, Communications and Mass Communications of the Russian Federation allocates radio frequency band 65.9-74 MHz, 87.5-108 MHz to DRM+.  Click here  

The Ministry states “It is noted that the implementation of the DRM + standard significantly increases the efficiency of the use of radio frequency resources. In the frequency band of the DRM + 100 kHz radio channel… including additional information. Compared with FM broadcasting, the quality of the perception of sound programs improves due to the possibility of switching to multi-channel stereo.”


About DRM

Digital Radio Mondiale™ (DRM) is the universal, openly standardised digital broadcasting system for all broadcasting frequencies.

The DRM standard comprises two major configurations:  DRM for large coverage intended for broadcasts on short, medium and long wave up to 30 MHz and providing large coverage areas and low power consumption. The configuration for the VHF bands above 30 MHz called DRM for local coverage is tailored for local and regional coverage with broadcaster-controlled transmissions.

All DRM configurations share the same audio coding, data and multimedia services, service linking, multiplexing and signalling schemes. DRM provides high quality sound combined with a wealth of enhanced features: Surround Sound, Journaline multi-lingual text information, Slideshow, EPG, traffic and travel information, and data services.

The DRM Consortium was awarded by ITU for its outstanding contribution to the Telecommunications over the past years and has signed the EBU Smart Radio Memorandum that promotes access to free to air radio on all devices.

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About Ampegon
Ampegon is a new brand established in autumn 2012 to merge the former Thomson Broadcast radio activities and newly acquired companies in one powerful and market leading group. The group consists of Ampegon AG, Turgi (Switzerland), Ampegon Antenna Systems GmbH, Ludwigshafen (Germany) and Ampegon PPT GmbH, Dortmund (Germany) with a representation office in Beijing, China. Ampegon serves the global Science, MedTech, Industry and Broadcast markets with an extensive product range tailored to customer needs in these strategic fields. As the leading designer, manufacturer and system integrator of AM/DRM radio broadcast systems Ampegon offers the complete system including transmitters, antennas and a wide range of auxiliary equipment. In addition, the group is developing world-class technology and fully integrated solutions to serve scientific, medical and industrial markets: RF amplifier systems, high voltage and high current power supplies as well as short and long pulse modulators. The products and services stand for innovation, advanced technology and premium quality systems.


About  Fraunhofer IIS
Fraunhofer IIS, based in Erlangen, Germany, is one of 72 divisions of Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft, Europe’s largest application-oriented research organisation.

The Audio and Media Technologies division of Fraunhofer IIS has been an authority in its field for more than 25 years, starting with the creation of mp3 and co-development of AAC formats. Today, there are more than 10 billion licensed products worldwide with Fraunhofer’s media technologies, and over one billion new products added every year. Besides the global successes mp3 and AAC, the Fraunhofer technologies that improve consumers’ audio experiences include xHE-AAC (adaptive streaming and digital radio), Digital Radio broadcast encoder and receiver solutions for industry partners, Symphoria® (automotive 3D audio), the 3GPP EVS VoLTE codec (crystal clear telephone calls), and the interactive and immersive MPEG-H TV Audio System.

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About Nautel


Nautel has emerged as one of the world’s largest manufacturers of AM and FM radio broadcast transmitters. With more than 15,000 transmitters deployed in over 177 countries and more than 7,000 deployments of AUI-enabled transmitters, Nautel continues to lead the way in providing valuable new solutions for digital radio broadcasting. In July 2017, Nautel shipped six high-power DRM-enabled MW transmitters for deployment throughout India, complementing the 27 Nautel NX Series transmitters which are already on air with DRM transmission in that country. This massive project has the goal of bringing digital radio to nearly a billion residents of India.



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