Company Says Solution Well Positioned to Support Digital FM Transitions in India
Xperi actively tested HD radio in Delhi, India in cooperation with All India Radio. HD Radio, which has been implemented in over 4,700 digital channels around the world, reaching over 400 million listeners, uses the existing broadcast infrastructure to add digital transmission that delivers a more compelling live experience and engaging for listeners.
HD radio tests in India started in January 2020 ended in Delhi in February 2021 after a 10-month hiatus due to COVID-19 restrictions. Further testing in Jaipur, India was conducted in March 2021.
The test is part of HD Radio’s initiative to fulfill India’s roadmap for digital radio through the Digital India initiative. HD radio services can be essential in establishing a world-class digital broadcast network essential to serve all the citizens of India.
While most other technologies are shifting, or have already completely shifted to digital services, digital radio in India is lagging behind. In India, radio has a long history of providing essential public services and important information, in several languages to the people. Unfortunately, not everyone has easy access to the Internet and data services, especially in rural areas.
But, as HD radio can be easily and inexpensively integrated into mobile phones for ease of use, it can digitally deliver real-time emergency and disaster notifications via mobile phones across the multilingual population of the world. India, as well as providing access to national, regional and local information. and entertainment programs.
Xperi has partnered with leading industry experts to demonstrate HD Radio digital FM system in India.
An HD Radio transmission system has been configured for 100.5 MHz from the Akashvani Bhawan transmission tower in New Delhi. Digital FM broadcast operated in simulcast mode (analog-digital hybrid operation) between January 13, 2020 and February 2021 (with interruptions due to lockdowns from COVID-19). All India Radio carried out additional combiner tests in Jaipur in March 2021.
The tests successfully met the key performance indicators established by All India Radio. HD Radio system tests in Delhi and Jaipur were consistent with HD Radio system operations in the United States, Canada and Mexico. All modes of service have met performance metrics expected for signal quality, coverage and interference protection from adjacent channels.
Commercial receiver products were used in the field test to demonstrate the capability of consumer grade consumer grade receivers and to evaluate the following performance metrics for All India Radio:
- Digital broadcast signal quality
- Digital broadcast coverage
- Analog Host Interference
- Adjacent-channel analog interference
- Building penetration and interior reception
- Quality of audio content
- General receiver performance
Outdoor and indoor reception of all consumer radio products was successfully achieved in the test. Each of the products tested presented the key components of the HD Radio system. It should be noted that the BeatBoy Functional Phone has demonstrated the potential digital radio offerings when integrated into a portable portable device.
The positive test results in Delhi clearly strengthen the case for HD Radio operations on FM stations in India. That being said, the success of a new digital broadcasting service depends on four main points:
- Provide regulators with solutions to meet spectrum and frequency allocation needs
- Provide consumers with a variety of profitable products
- Providing broadcasters with new business opportunities to realize a return on investment
- Provide future technology integration to stay relevant as new services emerge
HD Radio tests have successfully demonstrated each of these points.
Today, HD Radio FM broadcast solution is well positioned to support digital FM transitions in India. Xperi’s HD Radio team maintains regular dialogue with the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, government broadcaster Prasar Bharati (the parent company of All India Radio) and private broadcast groups, while showcasing the success of HD Radio in the United States, Canada and Mexico. . Broadcasters in these markets have seen increased revenues from HD radio features such as multicast audio, artistic experience and advertising, as well as data services for devices and cars. Public safety and digital alert warnings have also benefited HD Radio listeners.
These applications can be quickly implemented in India and will increase access to information and diverse content across all socio-economic groups.
In short, the future of digital radio in India is bright.
The test report is published on www.hdradio.in.