WorldDAB - IBC 2015, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Event attended by WorldDAB

Date: 11th - 15th September 2015

Location: Amsterdam, Netherlands

Types: Conference, Exhibition, Workshop

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WorldDAB Industry Insight session at IBC 2015

Broadcast radio’s future in the digital age

16:00 – 17:30   |   Monday 14 September 2015   |   Room E102 download conference map

The digital radio story over the last two years continues to be one of positive steps and collaboration across Europe to take radio into the digital age.  This session looks at current market opportunities and future plans around Europe and the world.  Europe is the world leader in broadcast digital radio, with large commercial and public broadcasters now broadcasting via DAB/DAB+.  To offer the same digital opportunities to all, Ofcom UK have developed an innovative solution to ensure that local, small-scale broadcasters are not left behind, and EBU continues to monitor and safeguard spectrum for digital radio. 

Moderator:  Simon Fell, Director of Technology and Innovation, European Broadcasting Union

Presentation 1

DAB digital radio’s growth across Europe, and beyond

A growing number of EU markets are committed to Digital Radio, including the UK, Germany, the Netherlands, Italy and Denmark.  In addition, the neighbouring (more advanced) markets of Norway and Switzerland have become the first countries in the world to set dates for Digital Switchover for radio.  

Speaker:  Patrick Hannon, President, WorldDAB  and Vice President Corporate Development, Frontier Silicon

Presentation 2

DAB+ for a leading commercial broadcaster

538 Group in The Netherlands has DAB digital radio at the heart of its distribution strategy.  Hear about their business case for digital radio. 

Speaker: Menno Koningsberger, CEO, 538 Group, The Netherlands

Presentation 3

DAB+ for the public broadcaster

DAB+ coverage in Switzerland is 99%, 60% of new cars are fitted with DAB+ as standard and over 2 million DAB+ receivers have been sold.  Hear why the Swiss radio industry and media regulator have announced plans for digital switchover to take place between 2020 and 2024.

Speaker:  Thomas Saner, Head of Strategic Distribution Planning, SRG SSR, Switzerland

Presentation 4

WRC-15 and digital radio

The pressure on spectrum in the UHF band, where DTT is mainly implemented, has given rise to the idea that Band III could be used to replace the frequencies which may no longer be available to DTT. This presentation will tell you why Band III cannot replace these frequencies. 

Speaker:  Elena Puigrefagut, Senior Project Manager, Technology & Innovation, European Broadcasting Union

Presentation 5

Facilitating DAB for local broadcasters

Ofcom UK is exploring technology which will provide DAB services for a fraction of the current costs.  Known as ‘small scale DAB’, it is best suited for broadcasting to small geographic areas, ideal for community and local radio stations.

Speaker:  Peter Davies, Director of Content Policy, Ofcom UK

Presentation 6

EU countries working together to promote digital radio

Countries implementing DAB digital radio are coordinating on marketing and messaging.

Jacqueline Bierhorst, Project Director, Digital Radio+ NL
Laurence Harrison, Technology and Market Development Director, Digital Radio UK


Networking drinks (outside session room)

Register for IBC 2015 using WorldDAB's VIP code. This code is still valid after the early bird registration has closed. With your registration pass, you will also receive a 6 day travel pass, which you can pick up from information points onsite.

Use the code 13741 when making your booking.  

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