DAB+ workshop draws record attendance

Staff Writer

Over 140 industry professionals from 20 different countries attended the Digital Audio Broadcasting (DAB+) workshop at the ABU Digital Broadcasting Symposium (DBS) this year.

On the agenda was hybrid radio, the business case for implementing DAB+, the benefits of DAB+ in smartphones, as well as the overall progress of DAB+ in the Asia-Pacific region.

Drawing a record turnout, the workshop featured three sessions designed to provoke conservation around regulation, technology and approaches to developing new content as the service rolls out in more countries.

“It’s great to be back in Kuala Lumpur and to see so many people from so many countries at the DAB+ workshop,” said Joan Warner, Asia Pacific chair of WorldDAB, the global industry association responsible for defining and promoting DAB digital radio.

“2017 looks set to be a landmark year for DAB+ and it’s clear that there is real interest from Asia-Pacific in the new content and services that DAB+ offers. Our workshop today was the first part of a programme of activity and support for the region from WorldDAB, anyone interested in finding out more should get in touch with the project office.”

Australia is DAB+’s largest market in the Asia-Pacific region with 3.6 million listeners. The service is currently being trialled in New Zealand, Myanmar, Malaysia and Indonesia, while trials are also being planned for Thailand and Vietnam.

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