ABU Digital Broadcasting Symposium 2024

Event attended by WorldDAB

Date: 4th - 7th March 2024

Location: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Types: Conference, Exhibition, Workshop

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ABU Digital Broadcasting Symposium 2024

4-7 March 2024
Royal Chulan Kuala Lumpur




The ABU DBS is held each year in Kuala Lumpur. It consists of a conference, an exhibition, masterclasses and workshops, and attracts close to 1,500 participants annually, representing over 350 organisations across the region and beyond.

WorldDAB will hold a DAB+ seminar on Monday 4 March 14:00 - 17:00.

WorldDAB will host a DAB+ pavilion throughout the event - visit us at stands 17 & 18, with WorldDAB members AVTGatesAirPaneda and RadioDNS joining the pavilion.

GatesAir - Co-Exhibitor WorldDAB Pavilion   Paneda - Co-Exhibitor WorldDAB Pavilion




WorldDAB workshop @ ABU DBS 2024   14:00 – 17:00, 4th March 2024

Economics, Environment, Emergency - driving the case for DAB+

Broadcast radio is free to air, universal and reliable in emergencies. DAB+ is key to protecting those benefits.

DAB offers lower costs of distribution than FM, lower energy requirements, and greater resilience in emergencies, especially out of home.

14:00 – 14:05


Session moderator: Dr. Les Sabel, Chair, WorldDAB APAC Technical Group                             

14:05 – 14:15

WorldDAB global growth             

A review of new deployments and opportunities for growth

The 3Es, driving the case for DAB+

Bernie O’Neill, Project Director, WorldDAB                                                      

14:15 - 14:25

DAB+ technical upgrades and advances

An update on the latest upgrades and advances to the DAB+ family of standards in line with recent technical developments within the radio industry including new emergency warning feature developments

Lindsay Cornell, Chair, WorldDAB Technical Committee

14:25 - 14:35

Recent advances on DAB+ in Thailand        

An overview of the high-level design of DAB+ deployment in Thailand

Dr. Les Sabel, Chair, WorldDAB APAC Technical Group

14:35 – 14:50

Implementing DAB+ in Thailand: an analysis of demand and economic impact

A recent analysis of the impact of DAB+ on a countries economic position

Dr. Kiatanantha Lounkaew, Faculty of Economics at Thammasat University, Bangkok, Thailand

14:50 – 15:00

An update on DAB+ progress in Indonesia

Muhamad Sujai, Director of Technology and New Media, RRI

15:00 – 15:20

Focus on DAB+ field trials in Africa

DAB+ field trial in Ghana

Gabriel Kwofie, Head of the Broadcasting Monitoring Centre, National Communications Authority, Ghana

DAB+ field trial in Uganda

Wasago Aloysius Muheki, Senior Officer Service Development & CEIR Coordinator, Uganda Communications Commission (UCC), Uganda

15:20 – 15:50

Coffee break

15:50 – 16:25

Making DAB+ happen (I): Panel session on head-end solutions

Discussion on implementing options

Lars-Peder Lundgren, CEO, Paneda Sweden

Christoph Lessnau, Senior Engineer, AVT Audio Video Technologies GmbH

16:25 – 16:40

Making DAB+ happen (II): Transmission solutions to manage cost

Oscar Hu, Regional Sales Manager, Southeast Asia, GatesAir

16:40 – 16:50

Making DAB+ happen (III): DAB+ receivers

An overview of new features and advances        

Dr. Les Sabel, Les Sabel, Chair, WorldDAB APAC Technical Group

16:50 – 17:00




Workshop Speakers


Lindsay Cornell, Principal Systems Architect, BBC Digital and WorldDAB Technical Committee Chairman

Lindsay Cornell, Principal Systems Architect, BBC Digital and WorldDAB Technical Committee Chair

Lindsay has worked for the BBC in a variety of engineering, editorial and leadership roles spanning radio, TV, and spectrum regulation. He has considerable experience in leading collaborative projects through his roles as Chair of CEPT FM PT51, dealing with spectrum issues for programme-making, and as Chair of the WorldDAB and DRM Technical Committees, managing the stability and development of the respective standards. 

Oscar Hu, Regional Sales Manager, Southeast Asia, GatesAir

Oscar Hu, Regional Sales Manager, Southeast Asia, GatesAir

Hu joined GatesAir’s APAC team in 2020 as Regional Sales Manager, Southeast Asia. Hu’s focus is on raising GatesAir’s visibility and market share across most of Southeast Asia (and parts of East Asia and Pacific Island), including Cambodia, Indonesia, Japan, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam. Hu’s background of almost 20 years in the over-the-air broadcast industry, where he has been active in most of the advanced DVB and ATSC digital transmission standards development. Prior to GatesAir he was Sales Manager for many other European Broadcast Manufactures transmitter companies.


Gabriel Kwofie NCA

Gabriel Kwofie, Head of Broadcast Monitoring Centre, National Communications Authority, Ghana

Gabriel Kwofie is the Head of the Broadcasting Monitoring Center at National Communications Authority (NCA) in Ghana. He has undergraduate degrees in Systems Engineering and Economics. His Master’s degree is in Electrical and Computer Engineering. Gabriel has spent over twelve years working at NCA. He served as a QoS Engineer ensuring that Mobile Network Operators meet set KPIs. He was the Regional Manager overseeing all 27 districts of the Ashanti Region. He became the Coordinator for the Communications Monitoring Center which oversees monitoring facilities for TV, FM Radio, Billing Verification, Cybersecurity and Network Monitoring of the Telcos


Christoph Lessnau AVT

Christoph Lessnau, Senior Engineer, AVT Audio Video Technologies

Christoph has been working as a broadcast engineer for 15 years and joined AVT Audio Video Technologies GmbH in 2015. Since studying Electrical Electronic Communication Engineering at Friedrich Alexander Universität Erlangen Nürnberg he is developing customer specific solutions for digital radio. He is involved in rolling out and operating several DAB+ installations for private and public broadcasters. As member of the WorldDAB Technical Committee Christoph is in close dialogue with stakeholders from many different branches of the radio industry. While AVT is well known as one of the largest DAB headend providers worldwide they
also manufacture professional telephone hybrid and audio codec solutions.


Dr Kiatanantha Lounkaew, Faculty of Economics, Thammasat University, Bangkok

Assistant Professor Dr. Kiatanantha Lounkaew serves as theDirector for Public Communication and KnowledgeManagement at the Faculty of Economics, ThammasatUniversity, Thailand. He earned his Ph.D. in Economics fromthe Crawford School of Public Policy atthe AustralianNational University in 2014. Dr. Lounkaew has collaboratedwith numerous Thai and international organizations, includingthe World Bank, UNICEF, theILO, the Asia Foundation, theBank of Thailand, and various Thai ministries (Labor,Education, Health, Industry, Justice) as well as the Bank forAgriculture and Agricultural Co-operatives, the Health SystemResearch Institute, and the Thai National Broadcasting andTelecommunication Commission.

 Lars-Peder Lundgren, CEO_Paneda

Lars-Peder Lundgren, CEO, Paneda

Lars-Peder has been involved in DAB from the beginning, with 25 years in the DAB business. He brings wide experience across several technical business areas including telecoms, radio communications and broadcasting. He joined Paneda as Sales Director in 2014 and has been CEO since 2020. Prior to joining Paneda, he oversaw international technical sales at Factum Electronics. Paneda develops and sells DAB related technology, including DAB head-end systems with multiplexers and audio encoders, road tunnel break-in system and related DAB systems. 


Bernie ONeill Project Director WorldDAB

Bernie O’Neill, Project Director, WorldDAB

An experienced people connector within the digital radio industry, Bernie has headed WorldDAB since 2011, with overall responsibility for the direction and management of WorldDAB activities. Together with her team and the global network of WorldDAB members she works to further the adoption and implementation of DAB+, the digital successor of FM radio.  With a background in leadership of international trade associations for over 25 years, her career expands over several industries including radio, ICT, water and education. She is an expert at driving business development, delivering value to stakeholders, strategically aligning teams, and developing effective marketing communications. Trained in international business, she has held postings in London, Brussels, and The Hague.


Dr Les Sabel, Chair, WorldDAB APAC Technical Group

Dr Les Sabel, Chair, WorldDAB APAC Technical Group

Les has over 30 years of experience in communications systems, including broadcast digital radio (DAB/DAB+ and DRM), mobile communications, wireless broadband, and satellite communications. A technical expert on DAB+, provides independent engineering consultancy to WorldDAB, the ITU and broadcasters, regulators, network operators and equipment suppliers in Australia, Southeast Asia and around the globe. The Asia-Pacific Technical Group meets 2-3 times a year and gives guidance on the technical aspects of implementing DAB+ digital radio, with help and advice that is tailored specifically to the needs of the APAC region.

Sujai RRI

Muhamad Sujai, Director of Technology and New Media, RRI

Mr. Sujai started his career as an announcer on several private radio stations in Bandung, after that he continued his career as head of the marketing division at the Indosat cellular company. Experienced in several field of industry such as Advertising & PR Agency, International Telco Provider, B2B e-commerce,  Internet Service Provider, GSM Operator, Bank Central of Indonesia, Turbine Service & Maintenance and Brand Activation Agency. He is the person behind the development of various digital applications at RRI such as RRI digital mobile apps, RRI newsportal, and broadcast automation. 


Wasago Aloysius MuhekiSenior Officer Service Development & CEIR Coordinator, Uganda Communications Commission (UCC), Uganda

Muheki is a Telecommunications Engineer with more than a decade of industry expertise. His professional journey includes coordinating Uganda’s Digital Audio Broadcasting endeavours in addition to his previously held the role of Technical Officer for Broadcasting, where he made pivotal contributions to Uganda’s Digital Migration Project. In his current capacity, Muheki oversees various initiatives, including research projects aimed at enhancing communication services in Uganda. His active involvement extends to designing programs that stimulate ICT sector innovation. Muheki coordinates multiple technical research projects and pilots, such as the Testbed project, the DAB+ pilot project, and the Annual National Conference on Communications, among others. He was instrumental in implementing Uganda's Central Equipment Identity Register (CEIR) and led the development of CEIR operational guidelines and efforts to combat counterfeit mobile communication equipment in the country. Currently, he is responsible for comprehensive oversight of CEIR operations at UCC.