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SIBC Wins DRM Enterprise Award

The Pacific Islands region was selected to receive the first honor

The Digital Radio Mondiale Consortium says the Solomon Islands Broadcasting Corp. is the recipient of its first DRM Enterprise Award. The award was conferred in association with the Commonwealth Broadcasting Association.

The DRM Enterprise Award was launched officially at the IBC and the 2013 ABU General Assembly, and it aims to trigger interest in the DRM standard in parts of the world that would benefit from digital radio.

According to DRM, Solomon Islands Broadcasting Corp. is a broadcaster that has understood the need to introduce digital radio, and the award recognizes its potential to catalyze this process in the region.

Sharad Sadhu coordinated the event on behalf of the DRM Consortium.

“The basic objective is to expand coverage area and reach wider audiences with medium wave radio,” said Sadhu. “In addition, digital shortwave radio is being planned for use in linking existing radio stations in the Pacific countries. Already the interest in Kiribati, for example, is proof of the spreading interest in DRM in the Pacific islands.”

A panel of experts, coordinated by Sadhu, selected the winner. Albert Waal, head of hardware development for RFmondial GmbH, also represented the DRM Consortium.