welcomed approximately 200 delegates to its 2017 General Assembly, which opened
Nov. 7 in Paris.
Nicolas Curien, board member
in charge of radio at French regulator Le Conseil Supérieur de l’Audiovisuel, addresses delegates at the WorldDAB General
Assembly in Paris.
Highlights from the first day included a presentation from
Nicolas Curien, board member in charge of radio at Le Conseil Supérieur de
l’Audiovisuel. Addressing participants, Curien outlined steps the French
regulator is taking to encourage the rollout of DAB+ in new cities and highways
across the country.
licences in Lyon and Strasbourg would be issued by the end of November 2017,
while DAB+ services in the Hauts de France region would begin in March or April
next year. As regards local and regional deployment, the CSA plans for two
successive calls, each covering 15 large, densely populated areas. The first is
scheduled for the first half of 2018 and the second for the first half of 2019.
In addition, he said, the CSA is also investigating the possibility of a call
for applications in 2018 for two national multiplexes, for which spectrum has
already been set aside.
two pieces of good news: the first is that the responses to the CSA’s public
consultation have been numerous and extremely encouraging,” said Curien. “The
second is that there is no bad news: DAB+ technology will finally be able to
take off significantly in mainland France by the end of 2020. The plan that I
like to call ‘nodes and arcs’ is on the way to becoming reality.”
event also provided information on DAB progress in Norway (which completes the
switch-off of its FM services next month) and Europe, as well as the trials
taking place in Africa and the Middle East.
well established as the core future platform for radio in Europe and beyond.
Templates for success are firmly established and the FM switch-off in Norway
sends a clear signal of what can be achieved,” Patrick Hannon, President,
WorldDAB. “The developments we are seeing in France are equally encouraging and
will provide a significant boost to the adoption of DAB+ internationally.”
during the gathering, WorldDAB took the opportunity to once again call for
European legislation that would require all new radio receivers to incorporate
both analog and digital capability. This, said the organization, addresses a
key concern of broadcasters over the speed at which they can build a digital
audience, currently restricted by the sale of FM-only radios.
WorldDAB members elected a new steering board, while Patrick Hannon was
re-elected as president for a further two years. Joan Warner from Commercial
Radio Australia and Jacqueline Bierhorst from Digital Radio Netherlands were
elected as vice-presidents.