7 November 2014, Cambridge UK – Wireless industry experts convened at a Cambridge Wireless (CW) event yesterday at Aon UK in London to discuss the future of radio broadcast. While the process of television digital switchover is now complete, providing a more consistent viewing experience, radio has not reached the same point, even though it was first launched nearly 20 years ago.
Chris Nokes of BBC Research and Development opened the event titled “The Evolution and Future of Digital Radio”, which explored effective transmission to smaller geographic areas, other Digital Radio solutions aside from DAB, the multi-platform digital future, along with user experiences on smart devices, home and car connectivity and how the transformation of radio effects users.
Initiating the conference with a solution to access smaller geographic areas while providing flexibility of installation and operation, Peter Wilson, head of Technology Radio at Arqiva, said, “"As DAB transmission networks grow there is a requirement for more efficient planning for frequency re-use whilst avoiding the problem of adjacent channel blocking. Arqiva has been investigating the options for both spectrum planning and the transmission hardware aspects of this issue and are proposing one possible solution."
Laurence Harrison, Director of Digital Radio UK, examined the impact that the future of digital radio will have on listeners. Harrison commented: “The future of radio is digital. Significant investment is being made in building new digital transmitters, new stations and the next generation of digital radio devices for the home and car. As we move towards a future digital radio switchover, Digital Radio UK is working with broadcasters, radio manufacturers, car manufacturers, retailers, Government and Ofcom to ensure that industry and consumers are well prepared.”
Pablo Fraile, Head of Product Marketing, Broadcast, Connected and Hybrid Products at Frontier Silicon, concluded, “"Audience figures remain strong in the UK, but there is growing concern in the radio industry that new technologies could have a negative impact in the long term. I believe that these technologies, combined with traditional and digital broadcast, represent an opportunity to connect with the listener and to strengthen the radio
If you would like to see the presentations from the event please visit the CW website www.cambridgewireless.co.uk/resources.
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