Distribution platforms

Research and analysis by a number of organisations outlines the case for broadcast radio, and why radio transmitted via radio cellular networks (LTE) is not a solution: 


Coutts Analysis of use of Mobile Telecommunications

Analysis of use of Mobile Telecommunications Networks to Deliver Broadcast Radio in Australia

This report finds that mobile broadband communications networks, particularly in regional areas, are not a replacement for broadcast free to air radio.  

Coutts Communications, Australia, November 2014

Broadcast or broadband?  On the future of terrestrial radio supply

Analysis of radio transmission in Bavaria, Germany, through DAB+ or LTD - comparing the costs of supply

Bayerische Landeszentrale für neue Medien (BLM) and Bayerischer Rundfunk (BR), Germany, March 2014





Radio via 3G/4G instead of FM/DAB+ – how hard can it be?

Teracom AS, Sweden, November 2012






Delivery of radio services over IP bidirectional network

Simon Mason, Head of New Product Development gave the following presentation at the WorldDAB 2010 General Assembly in Dublin, Ireland. 




Mobile broadband can provide a complementary service to broadcast radio – but delivering a comparable service would require a huge investment and there is no business case for mobile operators, broadcasters or listeners. 


Does 5G make sense for radio?

The head of technical and infrastructure department at German national public broadcaster Deutschlandradio, Chris Weck, assesses 5G and whether or not the technology is a suitable platform for radio broadcasting.
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 DAB+, FM or IP?

This study presented by Arqiva at IBC 2019 delves into the economic parameters of comparing DAB, FM and IP transmissions, and argues that DAB+ provides the most affordable means of distribution for radio.
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DAB+ or mobile - an overview

Patrick Hannon, WorldDAB President, gives an overview of the key arguments and shows why DAB+ is a much more compelling proposition for broadcasters and listeners.
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DAB+ or mobile - the story  

The latest research and information from around the world, showing how DAB+ remains the best option for delivery of broadcast radio and why mobile cannot compete on cost or reliability.  
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DAB+ or mobile - the facts 

 The facts on DAB+ and mobile broadband, covering each aspect of the distribution, business case and impact on the listener. 
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The expert view on 5G 

Saul Friedner, 5G expert at LS Telcom, discusses the potential shape of the next generation of mobile technology and how this might impact the business case for delivering radio.
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The cost of delivering radio over IP compared to FM and DAB+ 

Marcello Lombardo, Project Manager at the EBU, explains why they researched the cost of delivering radio over mobile broadband and some of the conclusions from the report.
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Further research and analysis on the subject can be found here.  



Mobile not a realistic option for radio: EBU

A new EBU Technical Review paper examines the real world costs of distributing and consuming radio and concludes that broadcast technologies remain the best option.