Successful DRM+ Trial in the Asia-Pacific Region

The DRM Consortium is pleased to announce the completion of a very successful DRM+ trial and workshop in Sri Lanka last week. The Consortium is extremely grateful to the Telecommunications Regulatory Commission of Sri Lanka (TRC), the Sri Lankan Broadcasting Corporation (SLBC), Germany’s international broadcaster, Deutsche Welle and the Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union (ABU) for all their assistance during the trial. The Consortium could complete its 50W trial using a low power station in Colombo made available by SLBC and their staff who gave their full support to the project.

The two day DRM+ technical trial on Nov 29th and 30th, where signal strength and coverage data was gathered, was followed by a three day workshop organised together with ABU. The workshop attracted over fifty attendees and was a ‘hands-on’ DRM30 and DRM+ event. Those present were able to learn more about the benefits of DRM and experience for themselves DRM 5.1 surround sound. They were also invited to observe the results of the DRM+ trial and to consider how this might provide a solution for Colombo’s congested FM frequency spectrum.

DRM Consortium Chairman, Ruxandra Obreja said: “The Sri Lanka event was a tremendous team effort from our Sri Lankan counterparts, the Consortium and ABU. It worked and attracted interest beyond our expectations. Within a small scale trial it proved DRM+ is robust, works and can be a good digitising solution for FM in Asia and globally. We will be able to share our experience and data gathered in Colombo at other Asian events like Radio Asia in India and the Digital Broadcasting Symposium in Malaysia. As a recent extension of the DRM standard above 30 MHz, DRM+ needs to be really put to the test in as many different countries and conditions as possible. After the trials in Germany, Italy, France and Sri Lanka we are planning to trial DRM+ in the UK, early next year.”

> The complete press release is available here

>  Press coverage: NewsonNews


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