Malaysia

Last update: 30-09-2014 - older versions

A DAB+ workshop and trial was organised by Radio Television Malaysia (RTM), ABU (Asia Pacific Broadcasting Union) and WorldDMB in Kuala Lumpur in February 2014, a day of field measurements. Field test measuring equipment was set-up to demonstrate to participants the effects of reception in a mobile environment. Various types of DAB+ radio receivers were shown to the participants during the field trip to show the performance of a receiver and its ability to playback text and images.

A proposal and recommendation paper is now being prepared by RTM for submission to the Ministry of Communication and Multimedia for consideration of DAB+ as a Digital Sound Broadcasting system for Malaysia.

Last update: 28-07-2015 - older versions

In this country there is

on air.

There is currently one trial local multiplex on-air with 12 DAB+ simulcast services (7 from RTM and 5 from commercial stations).

Simulcast on AM / FM Exclusive on digital Total of services
DAB+ programmes 12 0 12

Last update: 03-12-2014 - older versions

Malaysia has been running a DAB+ digital radio trial in Kuala Lumpur since October 2009. The technical trial is organised by Radio Television Malaysia (RTM), Telekom Malaysia and is supported by the regulator the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC). The trial involves one transmitter on the Kuala Lumpur Tower plus five filler transmitters in Kelang, Bukit Lanjan, Bukit Sungei Besi, Kajang and Sepang. The trial is broadcast on Band III, Channel 11B and carries 15 DAB+ simulcast services and 1 exclusive data service (EPG).

Last update: 03-10-2013 - older versions

Key features of digital radio regulation in Malaysia include;

  • Band III has been identified for DAB
  • There is an allocation for a “Digital Multimedia Services (DMS)” in the L-Band (1452 – 1492 MHz)

The first edition of the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission’s Spectrum Plan was released on 1 January 2002 which identified Eureka 147 (DAB) as a Digital Sound Broadcasting System (DSB) and has allocated spectrum in its Spectrum Plan.

The Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) is the regulator for the converging communications and multimedia industry. There are two main broadcast groups under MCMC, Digital Sound Broadcast (DSB) and Digital Terrestrial Television (DTT). Both DSB and DTT have completed their standard submission for DAB and DVB respectively and the standards are now under public scrutiny. DSB proposed DAB and DMB as the DSB standard to MCMC. Due to the current development of DAB+, DSB is proposing DAB+ to the MCMC as an attachment to the previous document.

Digital in focus at DBS 2016
WorldDAB Members News - 04.03.2016 - Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union (ABU) - Malaysia - Malaysia
During the DAB+ workshop held by Principal Sponsors WorldDAB, it was emphasised that all stakeholders have to work together to make digital radio happen, and that setting a date for the migration from analog “makes a statement of intent and helps everything fall into place more quickly.”
From Radio World:

Malaysian Communications Minister presented with a digital radio at DBS2016
WorldDAB Members News - 01.03.2016 - Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union (ABU) - Malaysia - Malaysia
Malaysian Deputy Communications Minister Jailani Johari was presented with a digital radio by WorldDAB Vice-President Joan Warner during the opening of the annual broadcasting event.
From Radioinfo :

WorldDAB working on character for digital radios with Asian characters
WorldDAB Members News - 01.03.2016 - Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union (ABU) - Malaysia - Malaysia
During ABU Digital Broadcasting Symposium 2016, Principal Systems Architect, BBC and WorldDAB Technical Committee Chairman, Lindsay Cornell, told the audience that the Technical Committee is revising all standards to make sure that the costs of production are as low as possible, while delivering the best rich services digital radio can provide.
From Asia Radio Today:

"Exciting times ahead for digital radio"
WorldDAB Members News - 29.02.2016 - Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union (ABU) - Malaysia - Malaysia - Australia - Australia
Joan Warner, Chair, WorldDAB Asia Pacific Committee & CEO of Commercial Radio Australia told the audience at the ABU Digital Broadcasting Symposium, that in Australia, 64% of the population is covered by DAB+ with plans to roll-out to the remaining 36% in 2017.
From radioinfo:

Broadcasters must work with governments for the future of DAB+ in Asia Pacific
WorldDAB Members News - 18.02.2016 - Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union (ABU) - Malaysia - Malaysia
DAB+ in the Asia Pacific Region will be centre stage at the upcoming WorldDAB workshop and ABU Digital Radio Broadcasting Symposium. The workshop will take a different format this year, with a more hands-on, round table approach.
From WorldDAB:

WorldDAB to be Principal Sponsor of ABU DBS 2016
29.01.2016 - Malaysia - Malaysia
In addition to taking part in the conference and exhibition, WorldDAB will hold a workshop on 29 February with a line-up of international speakers. They will share first-hand experience of the various phases of trialling, planning and rolling out DAB+ digital radio services in Europe, Asia Pacific and elsewhere.
From ABU:

WorldDAB at ABU Digital Broadcasting Symposium 2016
WorldDAB Members News - 21.12.2015 - Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union (ABU) - Malaysia - Malaysia
At the ABU Digital Broadcasting Symposium, WorldDAB’s network of digital radio experts will be on hand to present case studies and best practice on all aspects of launching DAB+ digital radio.
From WorldDAB:

ABU Digital Symposium 2016 Announces Agenda
WorldDAB Members News - 17.11.2015 - Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union (ABU) - Malaysia - Malaysia
WorldDAB has signed up to be a principal sponsor of the three-day conference and will provide a group of international speakers to share their experiences with instituting DAB digital radio services. Topics during the conference will include the integration of digital radio in connected cars and smart devices, and hybrid radio. WorldDAB will also host a workshop to help broadcasters and regulators plan the digitisation of radio.
From Radio World:

ABU - ASBU Technology Workshop focused on Digital Radio
WorldDAB Members News - 14.08.2015 - Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union (ABU) - Malaysia - Malaysia
The Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union (ABU) in collaboration with the Arab States Broadcasting Union (ASBU) and WorldDAB conducted a week long workshop. 15 broadcast engineers coming from Algeria, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, United Arabs Emirates, Sudan and Malaysia took part in the workshop which focused on various technological aspects related to DAB+ digital radio.
From Asia Pacific Broadcasting Union:

Radio and online create greatest ROI for advertisers
WorldDAB Members News - 26.05.2015 - Commercial Radio Australia - Malaysia - Malaysia
Using examples from Australia and South Africa, he highlighted the flexibility of digital radio for allowing pop up stations such as special events and festival stations that appear for a few weeks at a time on the digital dial.
From Asia Radio Today:

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Key Information

Status: trial and/or regulation
Population: 29.2 million
Population coverage: Sparkline Graph 10%
Services: 12 DAB+
Last update: 05.06.2015

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