WorldDAB and the European Broadcasting Union announced during IFA in Berlin their support for the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) Euro standard, which has been agreed as the minimum specification for DAB digital radio receivers across Europe.
The European DAB standard requires radio receivers to support DAB+, DAB and FM. It sets out minimum requirements, including receiver sensitivity, to ensure that receivers can pick-up all available broadcast DAB radio stations.
According to WorldDAB, the ETSI TS 103 461 standard is already published and is a ratification of the European Specification that was already supporting the Digital Radio Tick Mark.
The ETSI standard includes a link to the ETI files needed to test receiver products. In 2018, Digital Radio UK will make available the ETI files needed to test the core technology.
Many European radio manufacturers, it said, including Sony, Philips, Panasonic, Pure, Roberts, Ruark, Pioneer and Kenwood will be making radios to the new Euro Standard and further manufacturers in key European markets are planning to adopt the standard.
Manufacturers with DAB products that meet the Euro Standard can opt to use the Digital Radio Tick Mark on their products, packaging and promotions. The certification mark is designed to provide consumers reassurance that the product meets a minimum level of performance and that it has been tested and approved, explained WorldDAB.
“The adoption of a European Standard for DAB receivers and the growing international support for the Tick Mark, are important steps forward for DAB radio in Europe,” said Patrick Hannon, president, WorldDAB. “These developments are clear evidence of the growing maturity of the sector.”
There are now over 20 manufacturers using the Digital Radio Tick Mark for DAB radios distributed across European markets. Markets supporting the Tick Mark include the United Kingdom, Switzerland, the Netherlands, Belgium and Italy.
“The establishment of an ETSI standard for the testing and approval of digital radio receivers is an important milestone in the adoption of DAB technology across Europe, providing clarity and consistency for manufacturers, broadcasters and consumers alike,” said Graham Dixon, head of Radio, European Broadcasting Union.