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RRI testing DRM as part of its new transmission strategy

Radio Republik Indonesia (RRI), the public broadcaster of Indonesia, is the biggest radio broadcaster in the world in bhasa, covering 88.8 percent of Indonesia’s population.

It has a national news network called PRO-3, which broadcasts through AM and FM. In some areas, including Jakarta, its broadcasts can be received through digital as well as analog mediums. PRO-1 is its regional channel, PRO-2 is for music and entertainment and PRO-4 is the cultural channel.Its regional stations operate in 90 small and medium cities through 530 local governments across Indonesia, producing local content.

Recently, RRI has been empowering its infrastructural broadcasts using digital transmission and it is considering Digital Radio Mondiale (DRM) as one of the digital standards to reach listeners in the country as well as abroad. It believes that through DRM it can share news, current affairs and multicultural aspects of Pancasila – the five principles of peaceful coexistence.

The vision of RRI in the next five years is to commit itself to latest technology such as multiplatform digital radio broadcasts. It is seeking support to produce digital radio receivers in Indonesia.