With a seemingly successful migration from analogue TV to digital terrestrial TV broadcasting, Uganda Communications Commission(UCC) the chief regulator is preparing grounds for yet another digital migration for audio broadcasters. UCC today held a dialogue session to present on the findings of a survey that was carried out to show if Digital Audio Broadcasting is something Uganda can fully embrace and upgrade to.
Digital audio broadcasting (DAB), also known as digital radio and high-definition radio, is audio broadcasting in which analog audio is converted into a digital signal and transmitted on an assigned channel in the AM or (more usually) FM frequency range. DAB offers compact disc (CD)- quality audio on the FM (frequency modulation) broadcast band and to offer FM-quality audio on the AM (amplitude modulation) broadcast band.
In Africa, only Tunisia and South Africa have conducted DAB trials and Uganda Communication Commission believes that Uganda too is steadily ready to welcome the idea of a DAB transition.
In a survey that was presented this morning at the UCC house in Bugolobi, a team led by Dr Roselyn Akol in collaboration with Makerere University, Ndejje University and International University of East Africa showcased a detailed study on Uganda’s readiness for Digital Audio Broadcasting and all these proved that Uganda is not yet ready for Digital Audio Broadcasting migration.
Uganda currently has 292 FM radio stations but the MHz band is overloaded (up to 99%), leaving no more space for new FM radios. In many countries, the FM spectrum is full resulting in interference & poor quality strength making it hard for new radio stations to spring up. Could Digital Audio Broadcasting be the solution to combat this, definitely Yes!
Even with a struggling Digital TV Migration environment, is Uganda ready for Digital Audio Broadcasting transition.