Digital radio on the agenda of the SADC Conference in Namibia

The Southern African Development Community (SADC) is a Regional Economic Community made up of 15 Member States; Angola, Botswana, Democratic Republic of Congo, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Seychelles, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

Last month the SADC organised a digital conference in Walvis Bay in Namibia, one of the first such regional media meetings held by SADC countries at which digital radio was finally on the agenda. This reflects the interest shown by countries like South Africa where a DRM trial in medium wave is being successfully conducted at the moment by Radio Pulpit. There is DRM interest and even rollout in other countries like Botswana and Mozambique.

Gerhard Filipp of Ampegon and Johannes von Weyssenhoff, DRM specialist and member of the DRM Southern Africa Platform, presented DRM and its potential to the participants at the SADC conference. They answered questions on the benefits and efficiency of DRM and the availability of receivers. One of the high points of the meeting was the live shortwave BBC transmission broadcast, supported by Babcock International from the Ascension Island in the Atlantic and received in perfect quality in Namibia.

Gerhard Filip of Ampegon AG


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