BE and iBiquity To Test HD Radio™ in Switzerland
Quincy, IL, and Columbia, MD, USA - September 22, 2005 - Broadcast Electronics (BE) and iBiquity Digital Corporation announced today that they will participate in HD Radio testing in Switzerland.
The first HD Radio broadcasts there could be heard as early as next spring on 88 Radio Sunshine, located near Lucerne.
“The overall motivation is the long-term digital future of independent FMs in Switzerland,” said Markus Ruoss, a principal owner of Radio Sunshine, the first private commercial radio station in central Switzerland. The economic advantages and analog compatibility of HD Radio offer a promising digital upgrade path for many stations in Europe.
Mountainous terrains and 100 kHz frequency spacing of FM stations there pose unique challenges to digital broadcasts.
BE has agreed to supply the HD Radio transmission equipment and technical expertise to begin comprehensive testing, which may occur over a period as long as two years, s tarting with field-strength measurements of HD Radio broadcasts on Radio Sunshine’s main channel. Based on initial results, subsequent testing could include multicasting supplemental audio channels and synchronous digital broadcasts on some of the station’s 12 other boosters and translators.
“We’ve gained a tremendous amount of experience with similar environments in the United States, Latin America and Asia. We are happy to extend our expertise and supply our equipment to determine the potential for HD Radio in Switzerland,” said Tim Bealor, BE’s Vice President, RF Systems.
“Switzerland provides the ideal environment to assess the performance of HD Radio technology under the most demanding European broadcasting conditions,” said Scott Stull, iBiquity’s Vice President, Broadcast Business Development. “We deeply appreciate the opportunity to work with Ruoss AG and Broadcast Electronics in demonstrating that the HD Radio system is a practical and beneficial digital radio solution for broadcasters throughout the world.”
Pending the results of the tests, Radio Sunshine will seek approval from the Office fédéral de la communication ( OFCOM) for the operational use of HD Radio in Switzerland before year 2010. No new tuners are required; HD Radio tuners currently marketed in the U.S. will receive HD Radio broadcasts by stations in Switzerland. HD Radio as a standard in Switzerland is being sought in addition to other standards such as Eureka 147 DAB and Digital Radio Mondiale (DRM+).
About Broadcast Electronics (www.bdcast.com)
Broadcast Electronics (BE) is the premier provider of mission-critical solutions for over-the-air and Internet radio. BE products encompass program generation, audio and data management, inter-facility transport, and analog and digital transmission. For more than four decades, BE pioneering developments have set industry standards for innovation and reliability, while providing broadcasters with new options for operational productivity and income generation. BE is headquartered in Quincy, Illinois, and is represented worldwide by a network of local representatives.
About iBiquity Digital Corporation ( www.ibiquity.com )
iBiquity Digital is the sole developer and licenser of HD Radio technology in the U.S. iBiquity Digital's investors include 15 of the nation's top radio broadcasters, including ABC, Clear Channel and Viacom; leading financial institutions, such as Grotech Capital Group, J.P. Morgan Partners, New Venture Partners, Pequot Capital and J&W Seligman; and strategic partners Ford Motor Company, Texas Instruments and Visteon. Named one of Deloitte’s Fast 500 Companies, iBiquity Digital is a privately held company with operations in Columbia, MD; Detroit, MI; Belmont, CA and Warren, NJ.
About Radio Sunshine ( www.sunshine.ch) and Ruoss AG (www.RuossAG.ch)
Ruoss AG is a well-known Swiss consulting and engineering company for CATV and electronic media, with more than 25 years’ experience in FM transmitters and networks. As the license holder of the HD Radio field trial and as the Radio Sunshine transmitter network operator, Ruoss AG has a closed relationship with Radio Sunshine and also with the Association of Swiss Private Radio Stations (VSP), for which Markus Ruoss is a member of the board for technological development.
More Information about the field trial will soon be available at www.hd-Radio.com.
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