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RTB-Brunei hosted the ASEAN Digital Radio Broadcasting Conference

A workshop on ASEAN Digital Radio Broadcasting was held last month in Brunei Darussalam, hosted by Radio Television Brunei (RTB).

The meeting was attended by delegates from the ten ASEAN countries​: ​ Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam.

Haji Muhammad Suffian Hj. Bungsu, the Director of Radio Television Brunei (RTB), welcomed the delegates and mentioned that digital radio broadcasting is a pr​iority, a cheaper means for broadcasters to attract and reach their audiences and to realise the ASEAN Communication Plan of “ASEAN: a Community of Opportunities”.

​Each of the ten ASEAN countries, many represented by their own regulators, presented their own country and radio digitisation efforts so far. The picture was as diverse as the countries themselves and radio digitisation does not seem to have made huge steps so far though there are tests going or in preparation and a lot of interest.

​The workshop included a full presentation from DRM Chairman Ruxandra Obreja and Honorary Chair of ​DRM Indian Chapter Yogendra Pal.

With concrete examples like the case of India, videos and sound illustration this was a presentation that elicited questions and discussions about the value of digital broadcasting, emergency warning, car receivers and general implementation.

​Joan Warner of DAB and HD (video) also had presentations at the workshop. ​

The general conclusion was that radio broadcasting remains powerful, given the signal coverage and its free access. ​Both in the DRM and DAB presentation there was a lot of emphasis on the need for strong coordination and cooperation among stakeholders. ​