Welcome to the Southern African Digital Broadcasting Association (SADIBA).
SADIBA prides itself as the leading hub on digital broadcasting that significantly influences the successful introduction of digital technologies enhancing the quality of life of the citizens of the Southern African Development Community (SADC).
WorldDAB Releases Podcasts
WorldDAB has made available 3 podcasts for those who were not able to attend the WorldDAB General Assembly in Austria to listen to some of the items discussed. The third podcast from WorldDAB has now been added. It focuses on "DAB and Creating New Content".
Listen to the 1st Podcast. General Assembly Roundtable Lessons from Developed Markets.
Listen to the 2nd Podcast. This vehicle industry podcast focuses on DAB adoption in cars and the evolution of in car entertainment.
Listen to the 3rd Podcast. DAB and Creating new content discusses the use of DAB to reach new audiences, the challenge of trying something new and the importance of quality content.
Broadcasters from across Europe form an Alliance to promote digital radio.
The 12 companies involved run more than 300 radio stations and reaching over 130 million listeners. They have elected the Director of BBC Radio, Helen Boaden, as the first President of the European Digital Radio Alliance. Read more
Radio in Smartphones to get better.
At the 2016 IBC held in Amsterdam it was announced that a new technical standard OMRI (Open Mobile Radio Interface) is being developed. Its intended to be a standard way for app developers to be able to communicate with a FM or DAB+ chip inside a mobile phone. Its a standard API which opens up the possibility of radio apps being much smarter. Currently app developers have had very little access /controlling access to the radio chips inside a mobile phone, preventing them from making great apps for radio stations that could reduce bandwith costs or increase battery life.This is a cross-industry initiative by organisations that include WorldDAB, Fraunhofer (the inventors of MP3 and AAC), the UK Radioplayer, Commercial Radio Australia and the BBC.
Worlds First Smartphone to support DAB+ Launched by LG Electronics.
LG Electronics (LG) unveiled the world’s first smartphone to feature DAB+, the de facto standard for digital radio broadcasting on the 14th March 2016. LG introduced its newest smartphone at Radiodays Europe 2016 in Paris the world’s largest radio conference, and at the SADC Digital Sound Broadcasting Workshop on the 15th March, Maseru Kingdom of Lesotho. Consumers in Australia, Belgium, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway and the United Kingdom will be the first to receive the LG Stylus 2 with DAB+. As the world’s first smartphone with DAB+, the LG Stylus 2 features a DAB+ chipset and an exclusive app that allows customers to enjoy digital radio broadcasts out of the box. A technical interface also enables broadcasters to develop their own tailored apps in which internet services complement broadcaste radio.
SADC Digital Sound Broadcasting Workshop 15 to 16 March 2016 Maseru, Kingdom of Lesotho.
The SADC Secretariat is convening a two-day Digital Sound Broadcasting Workshop for SADC Member States from the 15th to 16thMarch 2016. This event is being organised in collaboration with World Digital Audio Broadcasting (WorldDAB) and Digital Radio Mondiale(DRM). The WorldDAB is the global industry forum for digital radio,facilitating the adoption and implementation of broadcast digital radio based on Digital Audio Broadcasting (DAB) digital radio standard. Both DAB and DRM are universal standards for digital sound broadcasting systems.
The features and benefits of DAB and DRM standards will also be presented to SADC’s decision policy makers, public/commercial service broadcasters and regulatory authority, interested in an optimum solution for radio digitisation for their countries and in the region. The workshop will be a “hands-on” event and will include a live DAB and DRM broadcast demonstration for the participants to experience for themselves the reception of digital radio onsite using various frequency bands and user terminals.
Kingdom of Lesotho Delegation visits DAB+ Trial in South Africa.
A delegation consisting of Mr Thabang Lekhela (Deputy Principal Secretary), Adv Tseliso Molise (Principal Legal officer),Mr Dada Moqasa (Director General LNBS), Mr Dyke Sehloho (Operations Director-Lesotho Television), Mr Ntima Molete (Principal Engineer) and Ms Matseliso Phafoli (Chief Economic Planner) visited the DAB+ trial at the Sentech Digital Tower in Johannesburg on the 17th November 2015. The delegation were given a overview of DAB+ and were able to experience its full capabilities first hand with live on demonstrations.
SADIBA Presentation given at The WorldDAB General Assembly.
SADIBA presentation given at the WorldDAB General Assembly by Mr Lynn Mansfield (SADIBA Chairperson) on the 3rd November 2015.
DAB+ Trial Johannesburg South Africa Field Measurement Report 29 August 2015.
Phase1 of the joint SADIBA /NAB Digital Radio DAB+ trial consists of Network Verification tests on both the Johannesburg and Pretoria DAB+ trial transmissions. The Johannesburg (T97) field measurement report prepared by Sentech SOC is now complete and is available for download. (17megs)
3rd Edition of Joburg Radio Days held from 1-3 July 2015, Johannesburg.
Presentation by the Joint SADIBA/NAB Digital Radio DAB+ Trial Work Group at the 3rd edition of Joburg Radio Days hosted by the Wits Radio Academy and supported by the National Association of Broadcasters. Download the presentation.
Restacking (Digital to Digital Migration) Walvis Bay Namibia 23 June 2015.
SADIBA presentation to the 9th SADC Digital Broadcasting Migration Forum presented by Lynn Mansfield.