Sunday, August 20, 2006

Digital Broadcasters | BE HD Radio in Asia Pacific

Digital transmitter vendor, Broadcast Electronics (BE) has been busy this past year putting HD Radio on the Asia-Pacific map, including digital installations in Thailand, New Zealand and Philippines.

“The reception of BE and HD Radio around the world has been overwhelmingly positive. The audio performance, low cost of implementation, and the opportunities for multicasting have made HD Radio the next big thing in many countries,” commented Chuck Kelly, Broadcast Electronics Director International Sales.

“HD Radio technology offers tremendous benefits to broadcasters throughout the world and we have Broadcast Electronics to thank for demonstrating those benefits to so many broadcasters around the globe," said Robert Struble, President and CEO of iBiquity Digital Corporation, the developer of "HD Radio" technology.

Recent BE installations mark the entrance of HD Radio in Asia:

New Zealand: On October 19, 2005, a BE HD Radio system delivered the first HD Radio signals heard in New Zealand. Transmitting on 106.1 MHz from the Skytower in Auckland, the broadcast is under a special demonstration license from the Radio Spectrum Management division of the New Zealand Ministry of Economic Development.

Philippines: Philippines President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo inaugurated HD Radio broadcasts in Baguio City on November 9, 2005 after Broadcast Electronics turned on the country’s first HD Radio station during a conference there.

Thailand: In yet another digital radio first, Broadcast Electronics (BE) installed an HD Radio system for a public radio network targeting mass transit commuters in Bangkok. The system was acquired by RNT Television Plc, which has a contract to broadcast to buses in Thailand using a portion of existing licensed FM frequencies.

(A separate story in Digital Broadcast Vendor News)

Indonesia: In April 2006, BE delivered the first AM HD Radio system in Asia. AM HD Radio went on the air in Surabaya, Indonesia, on 1062 kHz using a BE AM 10A transmitter.

(A separate story in Digital Broadcast Vendor News)

Indonesia: Also in April, BE installed HD Radio FM on radio station, JDFI-FM 101.8 MHz, part of the Prambors Radio Group in Jakarta.

(A separate story in Digital Broadcast Vendor News)

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