Digital radio trial in Norway

Digital Radio Mondiale is pleased to announce that the media company 21st Venture AS is embarking on a full DRM+ trial in Trondheim during May and June 2013.

The company runs Radio Metro and several other local radio stations in Norway and has secured government funding for the project. The trial will coincide with the Annual Conference of the Norwegian Local Radio Association which will take place from May 24th-26th. Participants at the conference will receive information on the DRM standard and will be able to experience the superior quality of DRM+ at the DRM booth. Key members of the DRM Consortium from Fraunhofer IIS, Digidia, RFmondial and Nautel have offered their knowledge, expertise and support.

Following the recent successful trials in New Delhi, Edinburgh, the Vatican City State and Brazil, the DRM Consortium are pleased to endorse the first DRM+ trial involving a commercial radio network and testing out several receiver solutions.

DRM Consortium Chair, Ruxandra Obreja, said: “In Trondheim we hope to demonstrate that there is a cheap and effective solution for digitising small radio stations (commercial and community) which can run on their own or compliment other standards”.

Eivind Engberg, Technical Manager of Radio Metro is enthusiastic about the project: “One of the key benefits of DRM+ is that you are using existing infrastructure and thus get digital radio almost free of charge. DRM+ also uses so little capacity that you can feed the transmission site via ICE (Net1), 3G or ADSL”.

The DRM+ trial will broadcast 50W DRM+ on 94.0 MHz in Trondheim during late May and June 2013.