Study to lay groundwork for new DAB stations


Digital Radio Roll-Out Inc. ( DRRI), today announced plans for a comprehensive engineering study which will lay the groundwork for new digital audio broadcasting (DAB) stations to serve the major population corridors in Canada. Covered by the new services will be all markets between Toronto - Windsor, Toronto - Ottawa, Toronto - Montreal, Montreal - Quebec City, Calgary - Edmonton, and Vancouver - Greater Fraser Valley.

Currently, over 50 DAB stations have made service available to 10 million people in Vancouver, Toronto, Windsor, and Montreal. Ottawa is next in line to be added to the market list, with preparation underway for an airdate of early 2002. The planned expansion will add a series of markets including Hamilton, Kitchener, London, Cambridge, Guelph, Cornwall, Calgary, Red Deer, Edmonton, Quebec City, Trois Rivieres and Chilliwack

An enthusiastic Duff Roman, President of DRRI, declared that "the launch of the corridor studies sets the stage for unleashing the true power of DAB - the addition of value-added datacasting services to accompany superb digital audio delivered seamlessly over vast areas to millions of Canadians."

Digital Radio Roll-Out Inc. ( DRRI), is a non-profit joint initiative of major private broadcasters (Astral Media Inc., CHUM Ltd., Corus Entertainment Inc., Rogers Media, Standard Radio Inc., Telemedia Radio Inc.), a number of smaller private broadcasters, and public broadcasters (CBC, Radio Canada) with the support of the Canadian government. DRRI's mandate is the introduction of digital audio broadcasting services across Canada. DAB is the replacement technology for current AM and FM analogue transmission.

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