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Russia considers deploying digital radio

The Minister of Communications and Mass Communications of the Russian Federation, Nikolai Nikiforov, held a meeting on 17 April in Moscow with the State Commission for Radio Frequencies (GKRC) during which the possibility of deploying DAB+ was discussed, where appropriate and dependent on availability of spectrum. Relevant regulation and licensing measures would also be required.

The Commission presented a report of the Radio Research Institute on the possibility of working with DAB+ networks in Russia and their compatibility with existing networks in the radio frequency band 175,872-228,128 MHz.

GKRC has decided that DAB+ technology can be used under certain conditions and with the availability of a free radio frequency resource within the current order and established procedures. To deploy communication networks with DAB+ technology, it is necessary to certify the equipment and adjust the regulatory documents that define the licensing of digital broadcasting of the new standard.

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