Russia will expedite Digital Radio Mondiale, already used by Voice of Russia.
Posted: 01 Apr 2010
"The Russian government has approved the expediency of introducing the European digital radio system, DRM [Digital Radio Mondiale], in Russia and will draw up national standards for it within two years. The Voice of Russia has been broadcasting to Europe in the DRM format since April 2003. The DRM is used by the BBC, Deutsche Welle and Radio France International." Voice of Russia, 1 April 2010. Via Alokesh Gupta, RadioActivity, 1 April 2010. Does this include the DRM+ system on the FM band?
"The Voice of Russia is a pioneer of digital broadcasting in Russia. After a series of successful experiments within the DRM standard, the company has been broadcasting in the digital format daily since 2003, says Rashel Stavisskaya, VoR consultant: 'Today, VoR features are broadcasted in the digital standard to Europe in Russian, English, German and French. We are also broadcasting to China and India. The new technology opens new horizons. Digital radio has near-CD sound. The VoR plans to broadcast to Arab countries and Latin America'. Radio experts believe DRM to be the future of broadcasting. Its main advantage is a high quality of sound, the same as mp-3 players have. Thus, the VoR features in more than 30 languages can be listened to in a high quality sound anywhere in the world soon. The DRM system is also ideal for transmitting signals not only abroad but also within countries which have a large territory. Thus, it was a natural choice for Russia." Voice of Russia, 1 April 2010. Whether DRM shortwave is the "same as mp3," or as good as a good analog signal, is in the ear of the beholder.
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