WorldDMB Announces DAB+ as the name for its additional audio codec
Tuesday, February 13th, 2007

WorldDMB has announced the new name for the additional audio codec in Digital Audio Broadcasting (DAB), which is currently in the final stages of ETSI standardisation. The international organization, which promotes all Eureka 147-based digital broadcasting technologies, has confirmed that DAB+ will be the worldwide name used by broadcasters, manufacturers and for consumers.

The additional audio codec specification for DAB+ was submitted to ETSI for standardisation in December, and is expected to be issued as a worldwide standard in March 2007. Roll out of DAB+ services and receivers are expected to commence in a number of countries during 2007 and WorldDMB anticipates countries where DAB is currently in trial phase or has not yet been licensed will be the first to introduce the new audio codec.

DAB+ allows regulators and broadcasters to implement DAB with improvements in spectrum efficiency, lower per-station transmission costs and offer listeners an even greater choice of services. Standard DAB can be broadcast at the same time as DAB+ and new receivers, which include both types of audio codec, ill work in any country.

(Source: WorldDMB)