LONDON � European digital radio markets came together recently to announce support for the newly published ETSI (European Telecommunications Standards Institute) Euro standard for DAB digital radio. ETSI TS 103 461 standard 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. The ETI files required to test the core technology will be made available by Digital Radio UK in 2018.
This standard has been agreed to as the minimum specification for DAB digital radio receivers across Europe and is supported by WorldDAB and the European Broadcasting Union, as well as broadcasters and manufacturers in Germany, the UK, Norway, Switzerland, the Netherlands, Belgium and Italy.
The European DAB standard benefits consumers as it requires radio receivers to support both DAB+ and DAB, as well as FM. It sets out minimum requirements, including receiver sensitivity, to ensure that receivers can pick-up all available broadcast DAB radio stations.�
Many leading European radio manufacturers including Sony, Philips, Panasonic, Pure, Roberts, Tiny, 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 as well.
Manufacturers with DAB products that meet the Euro Standard can opt to use the Digital Radio Tick Mark on their products, packaging and promotions. This is a certification mark giving consumers reassurance that the product meets a minimum level of performance and that it has been tested and approved. There are now over 20 manufacturers using the Digital Radio Tick Mark and the logo appears on product and packaging for DAB radios distributed across European markets. Markets supporting the Tick Mark include the UK, Switzerland, the Netherlands, Belgium and Italy.�