Digital Radio Mondiale (DRM) to Hold First Comprehensive Workshop in South Africa on 19th July 2013

Digital Radio Mondiale (DRM) to Hold First Comprehensive Workshop in South Africa on 19th July 2013

Digital Radio Mondiale is going to have the strongest presence ever at this year’s SABA Digital Broadcasting Infrastructure and Platforms Event to be held in Johannesburg in parallel with Mediatech (Africa’s biggest technology and trade show exhibition for the media and entertainment industry) between the 17th and 19th July 2013.

The DRM Consortium will host a comprehensive workshop and demonstrate the possibilities of the DRM standard on Friday, 19th July, between 10.00 and 12.30 as part of the Southern African Broadcasting Association (SABA) broadcasting event. DRM experts from Consortium members, representing well-known companies and organizations such as Ampegon, Fraunhofer IIS, and Nautel, will make presentations and answer questions.

DRM is being rolled out in India on a national scale at the moment. Countries in Europe, the Middle East and Asia-Pacific are already broadcasting in DRM, considering it to be the digital audio broadcasting system suitable for their needs. Southern African stakeholders have also shown increased interest in the DRM global digital radio standard. The DRM Consortium will therefore use this opportunity to launch the DRM Southern African Platform, a group open to any organization interested in digital radio, such as broadcasters, local manufacturers, regulators and other stakeholders.

SABA Secretary General, Mr Cecil Nguvauva appreciates DRM’s presence at the SABA event as: “a landmark opportunity to provide a viable digital radio opportunity to our members”.

DRM Chairman, Ruxandra Obreja, says this will be: ”Our largest presence in South Africa to-date. We will have an excellent opportunity to present and even demonstrate the great benefits of DRM for broadcasters and listeners in the vast Southern Africa region and we hope to connect with the local stakeholders who already see DRM as a very efficient way of digitising radio.”

Alexander Zink, Vice-President of the DRM Technical Committee, stresses that: “DRM has all the tools to keep radio relevant for the next generation of listeners. They already expect a wealth of rich-media experiences, distortion-free audio and in surround sound when on the move, whilst also engaging listeners to interact with their preferred broadcaster. DRM opens the door to new revenue streams whilst helping to cut transmission costs too.”

If you want to experience digital radio for yourself at the Mediatech/SABA exhibition in Johannesburg and meet senior DRM experts, come along on the 19th July at 10.00 am.

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About DRM

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

The DRM standard comprises of two major configurations: ‘DRM30’ 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 is called ‘DRM+’, 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 text information, Slideshow, EPG, and data services.

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