The WorldDMB Forum has announced that it will sponsor www.wohnort.org, which provides independent information on the DAB family of services on-air around the world. An international non-government organisation, the WorldDMB Forum coordinates the implementation of all Eureka-147-based technologies. Run by consultant Carey Taylor, the Wohnort site provides information for broadcasters, journalists, analysts and manufacturers of DAB sets about the stations available on DAB, DAB+ and DMB. It includes independently-researched background on which countries are using the technology, the maturity of the markets, who operates the multiplexes, the bit-rate used for various services, whether stations are mono or stereo, which spectrum block is utilised, and more.
WorldDMB will become the website’s main sponsor, while Wohnort will feed a new database on WorldDMB’s World DAB site to aid the promotion of DAB technology worldwide. “Wohnort’s DAB web pages are ten years old this month,” said Taylor. “In that time the level of activity of broadcasters using the DAB family of standards around the world had increased to such an extent that the website was becoming untenable simply by virtue of DAB’s success. WorldDMB’s support is important not only for the recognition of Wohnort as a reliable source of accurate information, but also because it will help the pages to continue to be updated as more and more territories begin broadcasting using the DAB family of standards.” WorldDMB project director Letty Zembrano (pictured) noted that the organisation was “pleased to have the opportunity to work with Wohnort” and told PSNE that it continues “to provide support to markets in Europe and around the world as the digitalisation of radio using the DAB family of standards moves forward. WorldDMB is working alongside the industry to ensure that listeners receive the audio services they know and love and also have access to new multi-media services which digital radio can offer. 2010 is an exciting year in which we are seeing more receivers on the market including in-car products as well as a greater number of services on-air; WorldDMB and its members support this development.” www.wohnort.orgwww.worlddab.org