SADIBA Digital Radio Broadcasting Summit - WorldDMB DAB+ Workshop, Johannesburg, South Africa

Event attended by WorldDAB

Date: 16th April 2015

Location: Johannesburg, South Africa

Types: Conference

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 SADIBA Digital Radio Broadcasting Summit - WorldDMB DAB+ Workshop

Digitisation of radio – short and long term strategies for DAB+ roll out

Thursday 16 April, 0830-1700 

The Fairway Hotel, Spa and Golf ResortRandburg, Johannesburg, South Africa


A licence for a high powered DAB+ trial has been granted to SABC by the regulator ICASA. The trial commenced November 2014 and will run for a period of 12 months - Sentech is the signal distributor. The licence was applied for by the SADIBA/NAB Digital Radio DAB+ Trial Working Group. 21.5% of the population will be covered by 18 radio channels allowing 40 radio services from the Public, Commercial and Community sectors to participate. This workshop will inform stakeholders and decision makers on practical issues and the business case to take DAB+ from trial to commercial launch.  

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09:00 - 09:15

Opening remarks:  Lynn Mansfield, SADIBA, Executive Advisor, SABC

 09:15 – 09:35

Session 1:   International update - DAB+ around the world

Bernie O’Neill, Project Director, WorldDMB – International Update

An update on progress in Europe, Asia Pacific and Arab States on DAB/DAB+ rollout, countries with regular services and ongoing trials.

 09:35 – 10:30

Session 2:   Enabling policy and regulatory frameworks for Digital Radio

ACMA speaker – Australian regulatory framework

Dr Christian Vogg – EBU Digital Radio Toolkit

Matt Deegan – the UK regulatory framework

Jørn Jenson, NRK Norway – digital switch over, a European case study 

10:30 – 11:00

Networking Break

11:00 - 11:45

Session 3:   Content and new innovations in DAB+

  • New content on DAB - Fun Kids, UK
  • Features and functionality of digital radio
  • Meeting the cultural and educational needs of local communities with DAB+
    • Languages
    • Interactivity of hybrid radio, character sets, service lists, standardisation

Matt Deegan, Programme Director Fun Kids

Dr Les Sabel, WorldDMB Technical Committee

Kath Brown WorldDMB  

 11:45 - 12:30

Session 4:  Network Options and DAB+ Planning Strategies

  • DAB+ network models and funding:  UK case study
  • DAB+ network operations
    • spectrum optimisation, design, operational models, cost
    • Short and long term planning strategies

Matt Deegan, Director, Muxco

Dr Les Sabel, WorldDMB Technical Committee

12:30 – 13:30


13:30 – 14:30

Session 5:  Receivers and Chipsets

  • Chipsets and Receivers
  • Mobile Phone Handset – the Universal Smart Phone Radio Project 
  • In car integration

Chip / Receiver manufacturer

Christian Vogg, EBU

Kath Brown, WorldDMB    

 14:30 – 15:30

DAB+ in South Africa

South Africa trial update and demonstration

Speakers tbc

15:30 – 16:00

Networking break

 16:00 - 17:30

Digital Radio – bringing it all together and next steps

-  Europe

-  UK

-  Australia

-  South Africa

Dr Christian Vogg

Matt Deegan

Kath Brown

Speaker from South Africa