Anglo-German shared vision for the future of digital radio

Ed Vaizey, Minister for Culture and the Digital Economy and his counterpart Dorothee Bär, German Parliamentary State Secretary at the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure (BMVI), today set out their shared vision for radio's digital future.

Speaking to an international audience of over 200 radio experts at the WorldDAB General Assembly in London, the two Ministers (pictured) emphasised their commitment to digital radio and the importance of working together to accelerate the growth of DAB in Europe.

Ed Vaizey said 
"UK listening figures show the future of radio is increasingly digital. It’s reflected in the fact that more than three quarters of new cars now come with digital radio as standard. Listeners are already benefitting from a wide range of new digital radio services and significant improvements in reception quality, so the time is right for European governments to work together to accelerate the international adoption of digital radio"

Dorothee Bär said 
"Germany is fully committed to a digital future for radio. DAB+ offers significant benefits for listeners and broadcasters. We see particular advantages for motorists - with the potential for greatly enhanced free-to-air traffic information services. DAB+ is emerging as the future platform for radio in Europe. We are keen to work with other markets to help realise this vision.’s reflected in the fact that more than three quarters of new cars now come with digital radio as standard. Listeners are already benefitting from a wide range of new digital radio services and significant improvements in reception quality, so the time is right for European governments to work together to accelerate the international adoption of digital radio."

WorldDAB President, Patrick Hannon said:
"DAB digital radio is making great progress across Europe and beyond. The Ministerial messages we have heard today set out a clear vision for the next phase of DAB’s development. International collaboration across all elements of the radio ecosystem will be the key driver of success."
At the event in London, it was also confirmed that the UK leads the way with DAB+ compatible receivers in new cars: 70% of new cars are ready for the next generation of DAB, compared with just 63% of new cars in Norway and 45% of new cars in Switzerland.

Both the UK and Germany have seen a massive coverage and content boost on DAB within the last two years, although Germany uses the new DAB+ standard for its broadcasts.

DAB+ potentially allows broadcasters that can only secure a 64kbps slot on a digital radio multiplex to broadcast in stereo, allows larger broadcasters to improve sound quality using existing allocations. and facilitates low-cost sub-48kbps bitrates for mono services for new services that can't afford more. Two further advantages are that the standard offers a more efficient use of bandwidth and gets rid of the annoying "bubbling mud" effect so hated by DAB listeners today.





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1 comments:

  1. From my point of view the Government have dragging their feet on the switch over for far too long. From the Governments point of there have not been enough people using DAB to force any switch over.

    The truth of the matter is industry both audio and auto have been very slow in bring DAB to the masses. Hopefully the Anglo-German shared vision will at least mean DAB + will be coming our way soon? Finally there does seem to be some real movement towards DAB.

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