On 1 January , Dhaka FM powered up a new Broadcast Electronics (BE) FM 10S transmitter and began broadcasting on 90.4 MHz, ringing in the new year as the first FM station to broadcast in HD Radio™ in Bangladesh.
The event marks the first commercial HD Radio station in Bangladesh as part of the country’s phase II of FM commercialisation authorising new FM broadcast licences. Present for the inaugural event were noted dignitaries from information and telecommunications branches of the Bangladesh government.
“Just a few short years ago we started out as the first live Bangladesh station on the Internet. Today, we have been able to make these huge achievements with the help of our loyal listeners and our partnerships with local officials as well as companies like Broadcast Electronics and Onair Solutions,’ said M.A. Hakim, Chief Operating Officer at Dhaka FM Ltd.
RF and studio equipment manufacturer Broadcast Electronics and local representative Onair Solutions Ltd provided a full RF and studio turnkey solution, from helping with licensing to launching of the station. Included in the equipment list were a new BE FM 10S solid-state transmitter with FXi 250 exciters and new XPi 10esp HD Radio signal generator along with a backup STX LP 5 kW low-power transmitter. For the studio, the station purchased BE’s The Radio Experience message management system for RDS text and HD Radio datacasting. BE’s AudioVAULT FleX studio automation system has been in operation at the studios since May of 2009, when Radio Dhaka (www.radiodhaka.net) signed on as the first live Internet station in the country.
“Dhaka FM is an excellent example of the accessibility and versatility of radio today, whether we’re talking the Internet, on the air, or over digital broadcast. We are proud to be associated with such a progressive station as Dhaka FM,’ commented Frank Massa, Asia Pacific Sales Manager with Broadcast Electronics.
Added Bob Struble, CEO of Ibiquity Digital, which licenses the HD Radio technology for stations worldwide, “We are delighted that Dhaka FM has joined the growing number of broadcasters worldwide in adopting HD Radio Technology. HD Radio Technology offers Dhaka FM and other radio broadcasters a cost-effective and proven way to provide new audio channels and data services to their listeners without the need for new spectrum or frequency allocations.’
With more than 100 HD Radio receiver models in the market and 22 global automakers supporting the technology, listeners in Bangladesh will immediately benefit from the new audio and data services of HD Radio.