Azerbaijan to move on to digital radio broadcasting
Baku, Azerbaijan, March 18
By Huseyn Valiyev - Trend:
Azerbaijan is to move towards digital radio-broadcasting, the Teleradio production association under the Azerbaijani Ministry of Communications and High Technologies told Trend on March 17.
It is planned to pass to the new standard of radio-broadcasting on the principle of the transition made to digital TV. The advantage of digital radio is the sound quality, noise immunity and more efficient use of the radio spectrum.
"The move to a new standard of radio-broadcasting will take place after the full integration of digital TV which presumably will happen by late 2014," the association said.
Currently, Teleradio is to install backup transmitters for the sustainability of the digital TV signal. At the initial stage, the backup network will be created in Baku and then extended to the regions of the country. The backup network will sustain and expand the coverage of the digital TV signal in those areas with a weak signal. An action plan to turn off the analogue signal is being worked out.
The Digital Radio Mondiale standard is being considered as the broadcasting standard in the world. DRM standard was brought to the world standard level of the digital broadcasting on shortwave frequencies and recognised by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU). It was recommended for implementation worldwide thanks to the efforts of the DRM international consortium represented by 80 countries.
The DRM signal has more noise immunity than the AM band by ensuring quality in the short-wave broadcasting similar to FM- broadcasting, while occupying the same frequency band as the AM signal.
Translated by NH
Edited by SM