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Terrestrial digital radio: the Council continues the experiments and reinforces its observatory

Official statement of the Monday, May 16, 2011

The Superior council of audio-visual became acquainted with the report on the future of the terrestrial digital radio (RNT) that Mr. David Kessler has just given to the Prime Minister.
He recalls that the deployment of the RNT on tape III makes it possible to extend the current radiophonic offer to the whole of the territory. Because of the completion of work which optimized the spectrum of the frequencies, the RNT would be for the existing operators the only possibility of increasing their cover to a significant degree.
The Council authorized besides, since 2009, several experiments of terrestrial digital radio in particular in Paris, Lyon, Nantes and Rouen. He will learn all the lessons from these diffusions which are continued today for public radios, commercial and associative. It will continue, within the framework of a permanent observatory, the reflections engaged by the mission on the launching of the RNT which it installation in 2010 with the public authorities and the whole of the professionals.
Conscious of the interrogations raised on the economic model of the digital radio, the Council considers that solutions, of which some are already proposed by editors, could answer it.
Thus, the cost of the national deployment of the RNT for the stations also diffused in long waves and medium waves could be mainly compensated by the stop of these modes of diffusion.
Another way would lie in the choice of a standard which reduces the costs of diffusion. A reflection on the alternative standards to standard T-DMB currently selected could be continued on the levels national and European.
Lastly, the importance amongst existing receivers could not be by itself a brake with the digital radio. The renewal of this park can be done in a natural way over several years.