South Africa

Sentech to run pilot of digital radio
26.08.2014 - South Africa - South Africa
The state-owned broadcasting signal distributor Sentech will test digital radio technologies from October, a move that will open the airwaves to more radio stations and improved audio quality.
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Challenges of digital radio dominate opening day of 2014 Joburg Radio Days
03.07.2014 - South Africa - South Africa
Katz was speaking in response to the challenge of digital radio to traditional radio broadcasting, a dominant theme through the first day of the conference, write Roxanne Joseph and Dinesh Balliah. Almost 200 delegates, guests and speakers gathered on an...
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Challenges of digital radio dominate opening day of 2014 Joburg Radio Days
02.07.2014 - South Africa - South Africa
Audience segmentation, genre-based multiple streams and closer integration of social media with on-air broadcasting were some of the issues raised by the audience who were keen on understanding the technical possibilities of digital broadcasting.
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Icasa licenses new pay-TV operators
30.04.2014 - South Africa - South Africa
Mobile TV wants to introduce TV services in South Africa using Korea’s digital multimedia broadcasting (DMB) technology as well as digital radio using the DAB and DAB+ standards.
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South Africa Moves Forward With DAB+ Trial
04.02.2014 - South Africa - South Africa
The WorldDMB Forum reports an update on the South African DAB+ trial, which will be conducted by the Southern African Digital Broadcasting Association in conjunction with the National Association of Broadcasters. The trial will consist of two high power transmitter stations in Johannesburg and Pretoria.
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South African Broadcasters Ready to Test DAB+
03.02.2014 - South Africa - South Africa
A DAB+ test is scheduled for Johannesburg and Pretoria, South Africa, according to WorldDMB News. After coverage verification tests, the two transmitters will operate as a single frequency network in VHF band III, on channel 13F at 239.2MHz.
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Joint SADIBA/NAB Digital Radio DAB+ trial technical update
29.01.2014 - South Africa - South Africa
The South African DAB+ trial will consist of two high power transmitting stations (10kw transmitter power) 100kw ERP situated in Johannesburg and Pretoria in the province of Gauteng. The trial will operate as a SFN in VHF band III on Channel 13F on a frequency of 239.200MHz. This will happen after coverage verification at transmitter powers of 2kw, 5kw, and 10kw. The total area covered by the trial is 21185km2 and the total gross population covered is 10,705,387 (21.5% of total SA population). It is envisaged that between 18 and 20 radio stations from the Public, Commercial and Community sectors will participate in the trial.
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South African Broadcasters given the green light to launch DAB+ trial
20.12.2013 - South Africa - South Africa
The Joint SADIBA/NAB Digital Radio DAB+ Trial Working group is pleased to announce that the application for the high–powered DAB+ trial licence has been approved. The trial licence was granted to the South African Broadcasting Corporation (the applicant on behalf of the NAB radio members) by the regulator, the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA). The trial will run from the 1st April 2014 to 31st March 2015, and Sentech will be the signal distributor for the duration of the trial. The SADIBA/NAB Working group is encouraged by the commitment of all stakeholders in putting digital radio firmly on the South African broadcasting agenda.
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MobileTV targets April launch
28.11.2013 - South Africa - South Africa
MobileTV, which has been running trials for three years, is set to finally go live with its offerings in April, but not on a handheld device as it has yet to receive a licence. The company was this week granted additional trial licences by the Independent Communications Authority of SA (ICASA) to test the Korean Digital Multimedia Broadcasting (DMB) technology in East London, Port Elizabeth, and the Durban, Pietermaritzburg areas.
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Broadcasting: Mobile TV to use Korean system
26.11.2013 - South Africa - South Africa
The Independent Communications Authority of SA (Icasa) has granted two additional licences to the Mobile TV consortium to test mobile television using a South Korean system in towns which include East London and Durban.
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