Brazil's Communications Ministry has set up a Consultative Council for Digital Radio with the goal of starting the implementation of the digital transmission system in the country. Last year, the ministry invited the various transmission systems to hold tests, with the IBOC (North American) and DRM (European) standards applying for the tests.
The ministry and National Institute of Metrology, Quality and Technology (Inmetro) tested the two standards in different situations, with transmitters of different classes and power, throughout Brazil. The final technical reports should be filed by Inmetro by October, indicating the pros and cons of each technology.
The new council, made up of representatives of the Federal Government, Parliament, broadcasting sector and the industry, will discuss the transition to the system, international parameters, and technical and territorial issues.
(Source : telecompaper)