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DAB+, T-DMB Move Ahead in Italy

Club DAB Italia, RAIWay, Aeranti-Corallo and the Vatican announce several plans to advance DAB, DAB+ and T-DMB in Italy.

Club DAB Italia has announced plans to begin broadcasts in DAB+. Five MPEG-4 HE-AAC v2 encoded DAB+ services will run on the Club DAB Italia DAB multiplex alongside the existing traditional MPEG Layer II DAB broadcasts.

According to the consortium, the experimental transmissions will allow broadcasters to appraise the transmission chain, receiver functionality and audio quality of the standards.

“DAB+ gives our bouquet great flexibility and allows us to place new technologies like T-DMB and Visual Radio alongside traditional wireless services,” said Club DAB Italia President Fabrizio Guidi.

Guidi also called upon the government to make frequency resources available to those who wished to take advantage of digital radio.

Swedish manufacturer Factum Electronics supplied MAP250 DAB+ encoders for the broadcasts, and Taiwanese company FutureWaves supplied receivers.

Also, last week, transmission services provider RAIWay struck an agreement with the Aeranti-Corallo local broadcasters association to cooperate in the development of a common plan of transition to DMB.

As part of the plan, the groups will cooperate with experimental DMB transmissions in VHF band III and the L band in Bologna and Venice, transmitting some 17 programs with audio, video and data.

The Vatican also recently announced plans to proceed with test operations of T-DMB services. The Holy See received a DMB video encoder from Korean Vice Information Minister Yoo Young-Hwan in late July.

In February, Korean President Roh Moo-Hyun presented a DMB handset to Pope Benedict XVI during a visit to the Vatican.