Friday, October 16, 2015

Workshop held in Hungary by Digital Radio Mondiale (DRM) and the National Media and Infocommunications Authority (NMHH)

Digital Radio Mondiale (DRM) and the National Media- and Infocommunications Authority in Hungary (NMHH) have held a comprehensive workshop in Budapest on the 30th September 2015.

The event was very well organised by NMHH and attended by representatives of the key stakeholders in the Hungarian radio industry. They appreciated that the DRM standard, covering all frequency bands, could ensure the complete digitisation of their country, reaching all its citizens, wherever they live.

The event was opened by Mrs. Janka Aranyos Börcs, Director General of the National Media- and Infocommunications Authority.  The presentations given by key representatives of the Hungarian Regulator and the major network operator (Antenna Hungaria), as well as by the DRM Consortium member (the Budapest University of Technology) painted the current picture of the Hungarian radio landscape, where the national public broadcaster is very important but shares a crowded space with a growing number of commercial and community stations.

After the DRM presentations led by the Consortium Chair and by representatives of key Consortium members, such as Fraunhofer IIS, GatesAir and RFmondial, it was agreed that the complete radio digitisation is necessary for Hungary. This process has to be planned well by all the stakeholders in the conditions of 2015, avoiding challenges faced by other countries so that radio digitisation can progress positively and more quickly.

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