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Pakistan Begins Digitization Process

Scheme will take place over the next five to seven years

On Friday March 13 Pakistan Broadcasting Corp. completed a five-day training course on digital radio migration.

The PBC organized the event at the Pakistan Broadcasting Academy in Islamabad for 30 engineering professionals. The broadcaster described the students as “torch bearers for implementation of the digitization project.”

Radio Pakistan’s Director of Engineering Kamran Saeed addressed attendees during the inaugural ceremony. He said PBC has “taken effective initiatives to digitize its transmission.”

In addition, he added that the government’s digital radio migration policy, which PBC board of directors has approved, recommends use of the Digital Radio Mondiale standard.

The technology, he pointed out, is suitable for Pakistan’s topology and also because it offers “audio quality and energy efficiency.”

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Saeed said the digitization plan would cost an estimated Rs4,129.882 million and take place over the next five to seven years.