TRAI Invites Suggestions on Consultation paper on "Issues related to Digital Radio Broadcasting in India"

At present, terrestrial radio coverage in India is available in Frequency Modulation (FM) mode and Amplitude Modulation (AM) mode (Short Wave and Medium Wave). AIR along with ...

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TRAI Invites Suggestions on Consultation paper on "Issues related to Digital Radio Broadcasting in India"

At present, terrestrial radio coverage in India is available in Frequency Modulation (FM) mode and Amplitude Modulation (AM) mode (Short Wave and Medium Wave). AIR along with private sector radio broadcasters are providing terrestrial radio broadcast services throughout the country transmitting programs in AM and FM frequency bands. Private sector radio broadcasters are licensed to transmit programs in FM frequency band (88-108 MHz) only and presently operate through 293 radio stations.

Presently radio signals are largely transmitted in analog mode in radio broadcasting sector in the country. Analog terrestrial radio broadcasting when compared with digital mode is inefficient and suffers with operational restrictions. Digital Radio technologies can overcome problems faced in analog transmission with exciting new capabilities and promises fast growth. Apart from audio quality, Digital Radio broadcasting provides a number of advantages over analog radio broadcasting. The biggest advantage is that in the digital radio it is possible to broadcast three to four programs channels on a single frequency and ensure excellent quality of all the channels while analog mode broadcast only one program at one frequency.

All India Radio (AIR) has already initiated digitization of its MW and SW radio network in three phases. However, there appears to be no initiative in FM radio space to digitize either by public or private FM radio broadcasters. In a competitive environment digital radio broadcasting can provide exciting new opportunities to existing private FM radio broadcasters as well as a host of other value-added-services to the listeners. However, presently policy guidelines for Phase-III regime lacks clarity regarding provisioning of digital radio service in FM band. An ecosystem, which can encourage existing private FM broadcasters to move towards digital radio broadcasting, is also not available.

Through this consultation paper, TRAI seeks stakeholders’ comments & counter comments on various issues relating to development of an eco-system for deployment of Digital radio broadcasting by private FM radio broadcasters by 04.09.2017 & 18.09.2017 respectively. The consultation paper can be viewed here.

Last date of submission of suggestions is 18th September, 2017, midnight.

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Suraj Chaube 15 hours 27 minutes ago

The success of any technology depends on it’s acceptability by the end consumer.In case of Broadcasting this is even more crucial because it’s commercial model is highly dependent on the user base.Though, it is appropriate to give impetus for introduction of new & improved Digital technology ,because general advantages of Digital systems over Analog are well known,but the actual field testing data in case of Digital broadcast in India cannot be ignored.Attaching my views on consultation points

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VINOTH KUMAR ATHINARAYANAN 18 hours 46 minutes ago

Two of the proposed systems operate in two modes each, making a total of nine systems being tested. The nine systems are divided into the following types of transmission: in-band on-channel (IBOC), in-band adjacent-channel (IBAC), and new bands

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Rajesh Khanna 19 hours 2 minutes ago

I think government should start DAB as it will high quality audio to the user. Moreover government is spending lot of money on MW/SW transmitters operation and maintenance. DAB will bring down government expenditure to a greater extent.

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SURAJ GAJBHIYE 1 day 4 hours ago

I would like to request our Hon PM Modiji to lay a framework to start Suicide Prevention Helpline to help those in distress. Most vulnerable sections are students, farmers, defense & law enforcement personnels, victims of domestic abuse, rape, Pvt. Sector employees, Geriatrics patients etc.

National Health Service, United Kingdom has such helpline who has employed professional clinical psychologist as BPO executives to handle the distress calls from those vulnerable sections.

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PRAKASH TELI 1 day 21 hours ago

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रेडियो app को भारत में बेचे जानेवाले हर एंड्राइड फ़ोन में compulsory शामिल करना चाहिये उसके साथ ही उसको कोई भी REMOVE ना कर सके ऐसा इंतजाम करना चाहिये लेकिन app की साइज़ बहुत ही छोटी होनी चाहिये और यह app सब mobile बनाने वाले कंपनी को compulsory भी होना चाहिये

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PRAKASH TELI 1 day 22 hours ago

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हर mobile पर रेडियो का प्रसारण बिना केबल लगाने का होना चाहिये क्युकी हर बार केबल साथ में नहीं रहती है और केबल लगाकर ऑपरेट करना हर किसी को संभव नहीं है इसके लिये रेडियो का माध्यम ज्यादा से ज्यादा लोगो तक जाने के लिये हर mobile बनानेवाले कंपनी को बिना केबल के रेडियो चल सके इसका इंतजाम करने के लिये निर्देश देने चाहिये और यह compulsory भी होना चाहिये इसके साथ mobile के function में रेडियो को भी शामिल करना चाहिये

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subhash mallick 1 day 23 hours ago

Sir, Radio became outdated in these date due to TV & Smartphone, So my request is, the govt have to direct all mobile company to provide facilities for radio broadcasting i.e. to enable all mobile-set to work as radio whenever required by the people with Short Wave and Medium Wave facilities in all Mobile phones.

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DEBABRATA MISHRA 4 days 5 hours ago

WE ARE VERY HAPPY FOR RADIO BROADCASTING WHERE WE ARE LISTENING THE SONG, NEWS,CHRIKET PLAY,AND WE ARE VERY EXCITED FOR PRIME MINISTER'S "MANN KI BAT".I MEAN TO SAY THAT WE VERY HAPPY FOR RADIO FM.