The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) has extended the current digital radio trials in Canberra and Darwin until 30 June 2016.
The trials are being conducted by Commercial Radio Australia and use DAB+ digital radio technology. The ABC and SBS are active participants in the Canberra trial and the ACMA anticipates that community services will join the trial in the coming months.
The trials are authorised under the ACMA’s policy for facilitating trials of new radiocommunications technologies.
Permanent digital radio services using DAB+ technology have been operating in Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth and Sydney since 1 July 2009.
On 8 July 2015, the government published a report prepared by the Department of Communications on digital radio services in Australia. The Digital Radio Report made several recommendations, including the establishment of a Digital Radio Planning Committee for Regional Australia, to be chaired by the ACMA, to focus on the rollout of digital radio to regional areas where it is economically feasible to do so.
In announcing the release of the Digital Radio Report, the Minister for Communications advised that the Government expects that the planning committee would give priority to the licensing of permanent digital radio services in Canberra and Darwin, before planning the rollout in new areas of Australia. The ACMA welcomes the report and looks forward to working with the industry and government on the next steps. In view of the government’s announcements in this space, the ACMA will continue to facilitate the extension of the Canberra and Darwin trials in the interim.
Information on digital radio and the DAB+ trials in Canberra and Darwin is available on the ACMA website. Information on the services available on the Canberra and Darwin trials can be found at the industry website http://www.digitalradioplus.com.au/.
For more information or to arrange an interview, please contact: Emma Rossi, Media Manager, (02) 9334 7719 and 0434 652 063 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Media release 40/2015 - 1 September