Wednesday, May 10, 2006

Australia extends Eureka147 trials

The Australian Communications and Media Authority has just announced a further extension to digital radio trials using Eureka 147 technology in Sydney and Melbourne until June 30, 2007.

The trials, using VHF Band III spectrum, are being conducted in Sydney by Commercial Radio Australia and in Melbourne by Broadcast Australia.

It seems that in both cities availability of new coding and an advanced version of Eureka, which may significantly improve the quality of digital radio sound, need to be checked out.

ACMA says its remains committed to facilitating trials of all digital radio technologies, including Eureka 147, Digital Radio Mondiale (DRM), In-Band On Channel (IBOC), ISDB-TSB and any other existing or emerging system that make use of the broadcasting services frequency bands.

[Note: the ACMA is calling for more parties to come forward, especially in Eureka 147 technology, and those who wish to trial new or improved aspects of digital radio technology to do so. Ed]

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