18 Jan In India Phased Roadmap of a Complete Switch Over to Digital Radio in Preparation
Digital radio and TV high on the Indian government agenda. The Ministry of Information & Broadcasting is looking at developing a roadmap for ramping up the roll out terrestrial and digital radio and television in India. The Ministry may now look at developing a phased roadmap of a complete switch over to digital radio in the country.
According to the Indian press, Prasar Bharati, the public radio and TV broadcaster, announced on the 13th January that it is in advanced stages of testing digital technology options for FM radio and a recommendation will be finalised soon to roll out digital FM radio in the country. Pure and simulcast DRM channels are already available in many Indian cities and regions.
Meanwhile, TRAI, the regulator, has already recommended to the Ministry to issue a digital radio policy for various radio broadcasting bands, including the FM frequencies. The Ministry is focused on developing a phased roadmap of a complete switch over to digital radio in the country.
More details about the state of DRM development in India included in the following article: Digital Radio Mondiale in Focus in India.