Monday, November 29, 2010

SLBC backs digital radio forum in Colombo

SLBC backs digital radio forum in Colombo
Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation (SLBC) is supporting pioneering efforts to introduce cutting edge technology that would take radio broadcasting in Asia to the digital era.
The Digital Radio Mondiale (DRM) Consortium has announced a DRM+ trial and workshop in Colombo to boost these initiatives.
The consortium is joining forces with the Telecommunications Regulatory Commission of Sri Lanka (TRC), SLBC and Germany's international broadcaster Deutsche Welle and the Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union (ABU) to run a trial of DRM+ and showcase its benefits.
The SLBC has offered the DRM its full support and the use of one of its low power stations in Colombo for the duraion of the trial.
The two-day DRM+ technical trial planned for tomorrow (November 29) and Tuesday (30) will be followed by a workshop organised together with ABU where the attendees will be invited to observe the results of the DRM+ trial and to learn more about the full DRM standard. The workshop will be held at the World Trade Centre in Colombo from December 1 to 3.
SLBC chairman Hudson Samarasinghe commented: "Being the pioneer broadcaster in Asia, the SLBC considers it a great privilege to be part in hosting this prestigious event. We are very pleased indeed to be part of this move to introduce state-of-the-art technology which will truly take radio broadcasting in Asia to the digital era. The SLBC is proud to continue its pioneering trend, by keeping abreast with this cutting-edge technology which will prove to be the future of radio here in Asia."
DRM Consortium chairman Ruxandra Obreja said: "We are excited about this event and grateful to all our partners in this unique undertaking. We hope it will showcase a simple, single channel, affordable and excellent solution for digitising FM. The trial will add to the valuable data we already have on the capabilities of DRM+. Our workshop will be interactive, practical and hopefully very useful, giving participants a real chance to experience and understand the advantages of DRM+ and DRM30."
Digital Radio Mondiale is the universal, openly standardised digital broadcasting system for all broadcasting frequencies up to 174MHz, including LW, MW, SW, band I and II (FM band).
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 and data services.
DRM on short, medium and long wave for broadcasting bands up to 30MHz (called 'DRM 30') provides large coverage areas and low power consumption.
The enhancement of the DRM standard for broadcast frequencies above 30MHz (DRM+) uses the same audio coding, data services, multiplexing and signalling schemes as DRM30 but introduces an additional transmission mode optimised for those brands.
 Via Alokesh Gupta 
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