DRM to demonstrate Digital Radio Benefits at India’s BES Expo 2013

For Immediate Release: January 21st 2013 Contact: pressoffice@drm.org

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DRM to demonstrate Digital Radio Benefits at India’s BES Expo 2013

Digital Radio Mondiale is to have its own booth (95B) at this year’s Indian Broadcast Engineering Society’s 19th International Conference and Exhibition. The show will take place in Halls N 12 and 12A, Pragathi Maidan, New Delhi, India from 29th to 31st January 2013.

Very recently Prasar Bharati (All India Radio) awarded an order for 21 additional medium wave AM transmitters and associated equipment from DRM Consortium member, Nautel. The orders for 100 kW and 200 kW transmitters join the earlier-announced order of six 300 kW DRM transmitters from All India Radio making this the world’s largest digital radio deployment to date. All transmitters will be used in 27 locations throughout India.

DRM Chairman, Ruxandra Obreja, hails this developmentas: “the most significant development for digital radio in AM and receiver availability to date. Indian listeners will thus have a chance to hear their favourite channel in their chosen language in crystal clear quality with all the added benefits of the extra services that make digital radio an aggregator of all modern communication platforms”. (Nautel Press Release)

With DRM now so high on the radio digitisation agenda in India, the Consortium intends to give BES participants and visitors a first-hand, live experience of the DRM benefits. In addition, several DRM members are to have their own booths at the event: Ampegon (Booth 59), Digidia (Booth 109), Harris (Booth 97) and Nautel/Comcon (Booth 87). BE, which recently joined the Consortium as a full member, will also demonstrate at booth 91 their new DRM+ capable transmitters, which might be another cost-effective solution for India’s third phase of FM privatization. Their new FM transmitter to be seen at BES broadcasts a DRM+ signal and an analogue FM signal simultaneously through one single transmitter.

DRM experts from Consortium members Analog Devices, Fraunfofer IIS, NXP and RFmondial will also be attending both the BES exhibition and the conference. Representatives from Ampegon, Analog Devices, Digidia and Fraunhofer are also to make presentations at the Digital Radio Broadcasting session on the morning of the 31st Jan. The session will be chaired by the Engineer-In-Chief, All India Radio (AIR) and will also include a presentation on the AIR DRM roll-out plans, now in full swing.

If you want to come and experience digital radio for yourself at the BES Expo 2013 and meet senior DRM experts, come to booth 95B. For more information please write to: projectoffice@drm.org.

About DRM

Digital Radio MondialeTM (DRM) is the universal, openly standardised digital broadcasting system for all broadcasting frequencies below and above 30 MHz, including LW, MW, SW, band I, II (FM band) and band III.

DRM provides digital sound quality and the ease-of-use that comes from digital radio, combined with a wealth of enhanced features: Surround Sound, Journaline text information, Slideshow, EPG, and data services.

DRM on short, medium and long wave for broadcasting bands up to 30 MHz (called ‘DRM30’) provides large coverage areas and low power consumption. The enhancement of the DRM standard for broadcast frequencies above 30 MHz (‘DRM+’) uses the same audio coding, data services, multiplexing and signalling schemes as DRM30 but introduces an additional transmission mode optimized for those bands.

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