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It's time to work together, says DRM Chair

By James Cridland for media.info
Posted 4 December 2014, 12.25pm est

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Writing an opinion piece in the current edition of Radio World International, Ruxandra Obreja, the Chair of Digital Radio Mondiale, has called for the industry to "link hands and bands".

She says that none of the three digital radio standards - DRM, DAB and HD Radio - "can singly deliver all the perceived advantages of analogue", pointing to the cost of analogue receivers and the choice available on analogue.

"For many countries, it will not be a case of either/or, but both DRM and DAB, the open standards that are genetically similar, in effect, 'digital cousins'", she adds. "Listeners do not care about acronyms ... [but] the most robust, global performance."

DRM30 uses AM and SW frequencies to broadcast a digital signal, while DRM+ is able to broadcast digitally on FM and DAB Band III frequencies without multiplexes. It uses similar technologies to the established DAB/DAB+ system in use in most of Europe. India are investing in DAB30 to replace their analogue AM transmission infrastructure. DRM signals are capable of up to four audio channels on one frequency, and additional data content.

The whole article is available in Radio World International, which is also published online.

James Cridland — James is the Managing Director of media.info, and a radio futurologist: a consultant, writer and public speaker who concentrates on the effect that new platforms and technology are having on the radio business. His website is at james.cridland.net, where you can subscribe to his weekly newsletter.

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