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Radio Republik Indonesia to Test DRM

Indonesian public broadcaster explores best ways to provide radio broadcasts countrywide

The Digital Radio Mondiale Consortium and the Indonesian public broadcaster, Radio Republik Indonesia will hold a DRM30 digital radio workshop and trial March 24–27 in Jakarta and Bogor, Indonesia.

According to DRM, RRI is exploring ways to overcome the country’s challenging landscape, which consists of mountainous regions, large islands and coastal lowlands, so as to provide the most efficient broadcasting services countrywide.

“We are looking at the weaknesses that we experience currently in analog radio with a desire to offer radio broadcast services that are economical, easy, and mobile, offering the same good quality to Indonesian citizens, whether they are in big or small cities, even in remote areas and whether they are farmers, fishermen, government officials or private citizens,” said Sunarya Ruslan, chairman of the Supervisory Board of RRI Indonesia.

Muhammad Rohanudin, RRI’s technology and new media director pointed out that RRI is currently reviewing the appropriate technologies to be used as a delivery medium. “These technologies include DRM and we hope that the DRM trial in the Bogor area will provide us with options and a better understanding of digital radio broadcasting,” he said.

Key consortium members including Fraunhofer IIS, GatesAir, RFmondial and Transradio will support the trials.