Dutch ministry hopes to promote digital radio with amendments to frequency plan

Thursday 28 May 2020 | 11:03 CET | News
The Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate (EZK) has opened a consultation on changes to the National Frequency Plan 2014. The proposed change is aimed at creating a more efficient division of spectrum for digital radio, the ministry said, by, for example, further promoting the rollout and use of digital radio in the Netherlands.

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Categories: Broadcast & Satellite
Companies: Ministerie van Economische Zaken en Klimaat
Countries: Netherlands
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We are welcoming your consultation, aware that the Netherlands is fully aware of the value of spectrum in all bands and also in future-proofing radio. Though we are aware by your commitment to DAB+, we are asking you to consider and save other bands which digitised offer advantages that a local DAB+ solution can only partly satisfy. Therefore we urge you to also consider DRM for AM and for FM ( very local or community stations). Digital Radio Mondialeā„¢ (DRM) is the global, all frequency broadcasting bands, green, cost and spectrum efficient, openly standardised digital broadcasting system. It comprises two major configurations: DRM for broadcasts on short, medium and long wave up to 30 MHz and offering FM like quality sound over large territories within a country (this mode is called short 'DRM for AM'). The configuration for the three VHF bands above 30 MHz is called 'DRM for FM', tailored for local (cities) and regional coverage with broadcaster-controlled transmissions. DRM is the complete, internationally recognised solution for digitising radio recommended by both international organisations such as ITU and ETSI. DRM is an indispensable tool for emergency warnings and alerts in case of disasters, as well as for traffic information on highways. DRM has also signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the European Broadcasting Union (EBU). DRM revolutionises the radio experience by offering a user friendly service selection by station label, better-than-FM audio quality with optional 5.1 MPEG surround sound wherever the listeners are in a country, a range of standardised data application such as DRM Text Messages, Journaline advanced text, Slideshows, EPG, TPEG traffic updates, etc. All DRM text content is Unicode based and supports all languages and scripts. DRM offers a sure and integrated emergency warning functionality, which means that radio receivers can automatically switch to emergency warnings in case of national disasters. The DRM digital standard can carry up to 3 digital radio programmes along with data services on a single radio frequency. It can utilise the existing transmission infrastructure of a broadcaster for a more energy efficient service (80% energy savings!), allowing the radio broadcaster to stay in control of their own broadcast infrastructure (studios, transmitters, antennas). DRM is compatible and complementary to the DAB+ standard and cars and chipset solutions means that there are multi-standard receivers already.
ruxandra Obreja @ 1/6/2020 - 13:08

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