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.

Industry experts line up to tackle broadcasting challenges at DBS 2014
WorldDAB Members News - 12.02.2014 - Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union (ABU) - Malaysia - Malaysia
WorldDMB is the principle sponsor at this year's ABU Digital Broadcasting Symposium which will see industry experts uniting to chart a future for broadcasting, especially in the Asia-Pacific.

WorldDMB, RTM, ABU Hold DAB+ Workshop
WorldDAB News - 04.02.2014 - Malaysia - Malaysia
The “RTM-WorldDMB-ABU DAB+ Technology Workshop and Transmission Demonstration” will be held Feb. 28–March 4 at the IPPTAR Building in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Registration is free.
From Radio World:

WorldDMB Holds Event in Kuala Lumpur
WorldDAB News - 20.01.2014 - Malaysia - Malaysia
The RTM-WorldDMB-ABU DAB+ Technology Workshop and Transmission Demonstration” will showcase the DAB+ standard and its transmission technology, demonstrating its features and efficiency improvements compared to analog FM broadcast.The technology workshop and transmission demonstration will be held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Feb. 28–March 4.
From Radio World:

DAB+ Workshop set for KL
WorldDAB News - 13.01.2014 - Malaysia - Malaysia
As Malaysia awaits a decision about the future of digital radio, a DAB Workshop in collaboration with Radio Televisyen Malaysia (RTM), is set to be organised in Kuala Lumpur from February 28 to March 4.
From Asia Radio Today:

Industry Partners line-up for ABU Digital Broadcasting Symposium 2014
20.12.2013 - Malaysia - Malaysia
Principal sponsor WorldDMB and major sponsors Sony, Harris Broadcast, Grass Valley and EMC are among the key industry partners participating in the ABU Digital Broadcasting Symposium 2014, taking place in Kuala Lumpur on 4-7 March.
From Radioinfo (subscription):

DBS Workshop tackles practical issues in digital transition
11.03.2013 - Malaysia - Malaysia
The Workshop on Digital Broadcasting Implementation in Kuala Lumpur brought together a variety of stakeholders in the digitalisation process from regulators and frequency planners to technology manufacturers and broadcasters, offering a comprehensive package for those wanting practical advice on how to proceed.

Radio on the agenda at DBS
11.03.2013 - Malaysia - Malaysia
Speakers Joan Warner, Steve Ahern and Alexander Zink covered topics including the latest audience trends, strategies to get digital radio into phones and 5.1 surround sound through digital radio.
From ABU:

Keep friends close and competitors closer: DBS Malaysia
08.03.2013 - Malaysia - Malaysia
Radio content was on the agenda at today’s Digital Broadcasting Symposium in Malaysia. Speakers Joan Warner, Steve Ahern and Alexander Zink covered a range of topics including the latest audience trends, strategies to get digital radio into phones and 5.1 surround sound through digital radio.
From Radioinfo (subscription):

Don't repeat the mistakes of the past: global standards needed
07.03.2013 - Malaysia - Malaysia
Topics of interest to radio broadcasters included discussions of the two main digital radio formats, DRM and DAB , and various sessions on workflow technology that can make internal production processes more efficient.
From Radioinfo (subscription):

ABU Digital Broadcasting Symposium 2013 Gathers Momentum
15.02.2013 - Malaysia - Malaysia
eminent broadcasting industry players are joining the ABU Digital Broadcasting Symposium 2013, adding value to this event in several ways. Among them are equipment manufacturers, system integrators, transmission network integrators, frequency planners, Internet and broadcast service providers, digital system proponents and regulatory agencies.

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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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