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Harris Explores Digital Radio Interest in Dominican Republic

Harris recently showcased its technology at a Digital Radio Forum in the Dominican Republic.
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Harris recently showcased its technology at a Digital Radio Forum in the Dominican Republic.

The company said it worked with its Dominican Republic dealer, Repuestos de Radio & TV, to provide presentations for broadcasters interested in HD Radio, Digital Radio Mondiale and Eureka-147.

The forum, planned by Indotel, the Dominican Republic’s regulatory body, showcased transmission technology and implementation strategies for the three standards.

The company’s Hal Kneller told RW some Dominican Republic broadcasters are asking the government to issue licenses to experiment with digital radio transmission, especially HD Radio, after hearing of its use in the United States and Latin America.

Hector Cambero, vice president of sales, Repuestos de Radio & TV, said in the announcement that representatives of several islands, including Bermuda and the Bahamas, attended. HD-R signals from Puerto Rico can be heard in the Dominican Republic, generating interest about the technology standard, according to Cambero.

Although HD Radio was the focus of most discussion, Caribbean broadcasters also expressed interest in DRM and DAB. The DRM standard was particularly attractive to Caribbean AM broadcasters looking to simulcast signals in analog and digital, potentially over long distances, according to the supplier.

The Eureka-147 standard, which is gaining interest in Mexico and other Latin American nations alongside HD Radio, allows stations to transmit Mobile TV services and digital radio channels to handheld devices over the same transmitter.

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