DAB+ planning, measurement and monitoring

Organised by WorldDAB Event

Date: 20th March 2024

Location: Geneva, Switzerland

Types: Seminar

DAB+ planning, measurement and monitoring

Seminar from the WorldDAB Spectrum and Network Implementation Committee

20 March 2024     09:30 – 15:00 (CET)
EBU, Geneva, Switzerland and online

This seminar dealt with the three pillars for building an efficient DAB+ transmitter network:

  • planning the transmitter network from a coverage point of view
  • verifying its effective functionality
  • monitoring of day to day operations

Experts from the industry, operators and regulators shared their experiences and expertise to give participants a deep insight into the best practice of building a DAB+ network or improving existing operations.

This seminar was aimed at broadcasters, network operators, regulators, policymakers and professional equipment manufacturers. This seminar was free to attend. 

Session recordings are now available via the WorldDAB YouTube channel, along with speakers' presentations.




Meeting room “Genève”, EBU, Grand Saconnex, Geneva, Switzerland. For information about travelling to the venue, car parking etc click here.   

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DAB+ planning, measure and monitoring

09:30 – 09:40

Welcome and introduction

Speaker: Hanns Wolter, Technical Director, DAB Italia and Chair, WorldDAB Spectrum and Network Implementation Committee


09:40 – 10:00

DAB+ coverage planning – what models to use?

Speaker: Mats Ek, Technical Director, PROGIRA

10:00 – 10:20

DAB+ coverage planning from a spectrum regulator’s perspective

Speaker: Mauro Martino, Head of the Radio Spectrum office, AGCOM, Italy

10:20 – 10:40


10:40 – 11:00

Coffee break

11:00 – 11:20

DAB+ planning versus measurement

Speaker: Carlo Perotta, Sales Manager, ALDENA

11:20 – 11:40

DAB+ measurement in complex scenarios

Speaker: Bruno Cigrovski, Head of Radiocommunications Department, OIV (Transmitters and Communications Ltd.), Croatia

11:40 – 12:00 

Analysing DAB+ reception in vehicles to compare coverage simulations with real-world data

Speaker: Desmond S. Fuller, Senior Director, Hybrid Products, Senior Director, Xperi 

12:00 – 12:20 


12:20 – 13:30  Networking lunch


13:30 – 13:50

How Norwegian national radio is using AI to enhance visualisation of DAB+ coverage measurement

Speaker: Håvard Wien, Head of radio distribution, NRK, Norway

13:50 – 14:10

Monitoring a regional/local DAB+ network

Speaker: Yoann Queret, DAB+ network architect, digris

14:10 – 14:30

Monitoring a national DAB+ network

Speaker: Christian Werner, Product Manager, responsible for DAB+ and Longwave, Media Broadcast

14:30 – 14:50


Hanns Wolter, Technical Director, DAB Italia and Chair, WorldDAB Spectrum and Network Implementation Committee

Hanns has been working in the DAB world since 2000 as a Product Manager and has, in these years worked on all issues regarding DAB, at both a national and international level, including the introduction of DAB+ in 2007. He is involved in network planning and spectrum issues and also works closely with hardware manufacturers for the deployment of a comprehensive DAB environment. Currently, he is responsible for the planning and management of the ongoing roll-out of DAB Italia’s network and all issues related to the creation, distribution and transmission of the multiplex.

Bruno Cigrovski, Head of Broadcasting Systems Department, OIV (Transmitters and Communications Ltd.)

Bruno Cigrovski is the Head of the Broadcasting Systems Department at Transmitters and Communications Ltd., the main broadcast network operator in Croatia. He is responsible for the development and optimisation of terrestrial FM, DVB-T2 and DAB+ networks. With over twenty years of experience in broadcasting networks, he actively participated in projects such as the construction of a new FM network, transition to DTT and switchover from DVB-T to DVBT-2 networks. During the past two years, he has been leading the team that is responsible for testing and the commercial deployment of the DAB+ national network in Croatia.

Mats Ek, Technical Director, PROGIRA

Mats holds a M.Sc.EE (Electronic Engineering) from 1987 at the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) in Stockholm, Sweden. Mats is Technical Director at PROGIRA®, provider of software for Network and Frequency planning, used in more than 50 countries globally. He has been active in the broadcasting industry since 1989, in the planning and standardization of digital broadcast systems such as T-DAB and the DVB-T/T2 and service planning and evaluation of ATSC 3.0 and the 5G Broadcast systems. He has taken part in many planning projects in different countries and actively worked within internationally groups such as for example EBU and ITU-R and is a member of the EBU Spectrum Planning Terrestrial project group.

Desmond S. Fuller, Senior Director, Hybrid Products, Xperi

With over thirty-five years of experience in software development, Desmond is responsible for several teams at Xperi that are innovating the future car dashboards for a more inclusive user experience across multiple content categories.

By working with the world's broadcasters, he is leading teams to bring big data to broadcast markets of all sizes.  New insights are being developed from DTS AutoStage audience data about listener behavior such as where and when they are listening to your station.

Mauro Martino, Head of Radio Spectrum, AGCOM

Mauro Martino is the Head of Radio Spectrum at AGCOM, the Italian National Regulatory Authority for telecommunications and broadcasting. With nearly 25 years of experience at AGCOM, he has been responsible for spectrum management and licensing procedures, playing a key role in the preparation of AGCOM decisions. Mauro has been actively involved at the EU level, serving as a member of the Italian delegation to the Radio Spectrum Committee since its inception in 2002. Additionally, he provided advisory services to the EU Commission for spectrum policy issues as a member of the Radio Spectrum Policy Group (RSPG) from 2008. Throughout his career, Mauro has participated in various working groups within Berec, the IRG, and the RSPG. Notably, in 2021, he co-chaired the RSPG working group that produced a report and opinion on Spectrum Sharing. Prior to joining AGCOM, Mauro gained over 10 years of industry experience with leading telecommunications and ICT companies.   

Carlo Perotta, member of the Board of Directors, ALDENA

Carlo is a member of the Board of Directors of ALDENA, a provider of broadcasting antennas used in more than 125 countries globally and the EMLAB radio network planning software, since 1979. Carlo obtained a Bachelor's Degree in Telecommunication Technologies Engineering at Politecnico di Milano. He gained experience as an RF engineer consultant for mobile network operators and telecommunication companies. In 2007, he joined the broadcasting industry and ALDENA where has taken part in planning projects for several different countries as well as actively working in antenna design and service planning for digital broadcast systems such as DAB+ and DVB-T2. Currently, he's also responsible to the ALDENA's EMLAB software tool development.

Yoann Queret, DAB+ network architect, digris

Yoann has worked in the radio world since 2000, and with DAB+ since 2014. He installed a multiplex in Paris in 2015 with OpenDigitalRadio tools. A Linux and networks lover, he contributes to the software development for Opendigitalradio. Since 2017 he deploys the software and network architecture for DAB+ broadcasting in Switzerland, France and England. He is the infrastructure manager, responsible for the platforms and their supervision.

Christian Werner, Product Manager, responsible for DAB+ and Longwave, Media Broadcast

After starting his career in Finance and Controlling in the Automotive Business, Christian changed in 2012 to the world of DAB+ at Media Broadcast. Since 2014 in his job as Product Manager he is responsible for the development of DAB+ at Media Broadcast. In his role he is required to manage the diverse network rollouts, fulfill customer needs and report financial results to the executive board. After ongoing progress of the german national multiplexes he is now focusing on the development of regional and local multiplexes as well as on further product features to strengthen DAB+.

Håvard Wien, Head of Radio Distribution
Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation (NRK)

Wien has been with The Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation (NRK) since 2002 working on the technical side of their radio offering. Since 2012 he has been managing the DAB multiplexes at NRK and improving on-air broadcasts in Norway with features like traffic, transport, and alarm announcements. Since January 2021 he has been Head of Radio Distribution. In short Wien is involved in all things related to DAB at NRK, including the FM switch off in 2017. He is also a member of the WorldDAB Technical Committee.

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