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Russia Makes Way for DRM+

Is allocating two frequency bands for DRM digital radio

The Russian Federation is allocating two frequency bands (65.9-74 MHz and 87.5-108 MHz) for the use of Digital Radio Mondiale DRM+ digital radio.

According to news agency RIA Novosti, during a State Commission on Radio Frequencies meeting held on Sept. 11, the Ministry of Digital Development, Communications and Mass Communications of the Russian Federation decided in favor of this move, which it believes will have a substantial influence on the development of country’s broadcasting market.

“This is an uneasy but fundamental decision that will have a significant impact on the development of the broadcasting market in our country,” said Mikhail Seslavinsky, head of the Federal Agency for Press and Mass Communications in a statement. “In Europe, the digital broadcasting standard has been actively implemented for a long time. Norway, Switzerland, Austria, Germany, Italy, Denmark, Belgium and Latvia several years ago began a stage-by-stage refusal of analogue broadcasting in favor of digital.”

Before recommending the standard for use in Russia, trials were jointly carried out by FSUE RTRS and St. Petersburg State University of Telecommunications.