DRM+, the DRM technology for radio broadcasts at frequencies up to 174 MHz, was presented to a select audience in Hannover, Germany, on 19th August 2009. This event was organised by Niedersächsische Landesmedienanstalt and University of Hannover.
Representatives of the Austrian Regulatory Authority for Broadcasting and Telecommunications (Rundfunk & Telekom Regulierung-GmbH), Swiss Federal Office of Communications (BAKOM), local radio stations in Austria and the Association of Citizens’ Media and Education (Bundesverband Bürger-und Ausbildungsmedien), Germany, attended the presentation and discussions.
The focus of this event was digital broadcast options for regional and local radio stations. The quality of DRM+ digital broadcast featured at the event was much appreciated.
It was noted that, while some European countries are going ahead with their digitisation plans, questions raised by small regional and local radio service providers unable to join multiplexes, remain unanswered. DRM+ provides the optimal solution for local and regional radio stations. With its small bandwidth, DRM+ fulfils their requirements while these stations do not need to share big multiplexes with other broadcasters.
The discussions concluded that broadcasting extra digital radio programmes in addition to analogue broadcasting in Band II is not possible in middle-Europe where Band II is fully occupied. The broadcasters and engineers present at the event concluded that what is required is to explore the possibility of using Band III (174-230MHz) for DRM+.
(Source: DRM Consortium)