Germany Starts Digital Radio Tests

The first-ever DRM+ trial got under way 20 November in Hannover, Germany, and will run until 29 February 2008.
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The first-ever DRM+ trial got under way 20 November in Hannover, Germany, and will run until 29 February 2008.

Two DRM Associate Members are conducting the test: regional regulator Niedersächsische Landesmedienanstalt (NLM) and Leibniz Universität Hannover. The DRM+ test results will provide the basis for standardization of the DRM+ system, which is planned for 2008.

On the basis of a joint report by DRM Associate Member the Fachhochschule Kaiserslautern and local regulator Landeszentrale für Medien und Kommunikation Rheinland-Pfalz (LMK), the federal spectrum overseer, the Bundesnetzagentur, awarded licenses for digital radio trials in accordance with a strict timescale.

In addition to the DRM+ tests in Hannover, an HD Radio field trial takes place in Heidelberg from 1 December to 29 February 2008, and a further DRM+ field trial is scheduled to run 1 March to 31 May 2008.

"The results of the measurements are very important, not only for Germany but for all over the world — they will be the basis for planning and regulation so that the DRM+ system can be introduced," said NLM Technical Director Detlef Pagel, chairman of the DRM German Platform.

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