Commercial broadcasters in Australia announced plans to adopt the DAB+ standard for digital radio.
“We have been very active in supporting the international development of DAB+ because it means Australia will be able to adopt the latest, most spectrum efficient technology in the world for the rollout of our digital radio services,” stated Commercial Radio Australia CEO Joan Warner.
Warner said commercial broadcasters would work with the Australian Broadcasting Corp. and SBS Radio to test the DAB+ standard to ensure there are no transmission or other technical problems. The government is drafting digital radio legislation and has set a launch date of 2009 for the launch of digital radio services in some parts of the country including Sydney. The radio industry is planning for a phased rollout across the rest of the country to follow.