18 May DRM event at the Arab States Broadcasting Union (ASBU) in Tunisia
At the Arab States Broadcasting Union (ASBU) Television and Radio Festival, the dedicated DRM workshop was very well attended by over 40 stakeholders representing the main Arab states. After the presentation given by Lindsay Cornell (DRM Technical Committee Chairman, Radu Obreja, DRM Marketing Director and Christian Hoerlle, Project Manager Digital Radio, Transaradio) they asked many questions about the standard itself and its implementation. The event was both technical as well as business oriented. The audience could learn more about the DRM technology, the possibility of upgrading existing analogue transmitters (AM and VHF bands) to DRM, a unique feature of the standard, allowing for a faster and more cost-effective implementation of the system.
The presentations underlined also the possibility of DRM being adopted, if so desired, in parallel to other standards. This is an approach which allows the complete, full digitisation of whole countries, extending the digital benefits to all listeners whether in cities or in rural areas. This ability to cover very large, geographically and ethnically diverse territories is a major and unique strength of DRM.
It was stressed that clear communications by the countries’ themselves directed to the international manufacturing industries about their commitment to launch DRM will have a positive impact for the production of receivers created and suitable for those countries.