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DTG Testing World First with new Euro-ready Digital Tick

21 July 2016

DTG Testing has become the first facility in the world to be ISO 17025 accredited for carrying out testing against the newly expanded Digital Radio Tick Mark specification.

DRUK has confirmed that the transition period for the new European-ready specification has been completed meaning that from 12th July 2016, all applications seeking the Digital Radio Tick Mark are required to test against the new specification.

The previous UK-only specification has been transformed to include testing that products meet sensitivity requirements across all Band III frequencies – meaning 38 channels are tested instead of 12; that products can correctly display all European Latin-based characters; and that radios using starburst displays can now map these characters.

“We’re happy to be the first facility to be accredited to carrying out this testing. As it appears, the UK was ahead of the curve through early adoption of the tick mark specification, and as a result, have set the standard for Europe,” says Alex Buchan, Principal RF Engineer at The DTG.

Richard Lindsay-Davies, CEO of the DTG added: “Research by the BBC has found that since its introduction in 2014, the tick mark has developed consumer confidence in the UK. By appearing on product packaging, buyers know that their product is DAB+ compatible, digital, ready for switchover, and most importantly, future-ready. We expect to see this attitude expanded with the adoption of the criteria across Europe—potentially expanding the market for digital radio, and promoting uptake of the technology.”

Regardless of being the sole-accredited body to carry out these tests, DTG Testing can provide facilities at short notice, delivering results by the next working day. Reports generated by DTG Testing can be used to directly apply for the tick mark, without completing any additional paperwork.

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Be compliant with the new Radio Equipment Directive

The Radio Equipment Directive (RED) 2014/53/EU became effective from 13th June 2016 with a 1 year transition period and replaces the Radio and Telecommunications Terminal Equipment (RTTE) Directive 1999/5/EC.

The main impact of the change is that broadcast receivers are now under the scope of the RED whereas they were previously excluded from RTTE.

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DTG HOSTS PMSE DEBATE

The DTG was recently delighted to host an informative debate on Programme Making & Special Events (PMSE) as part of its DTG Spectrum Access Forum activity. With speakers from the Department of Culture, Media & Sport, Ofcom, BBC, NATS and Sky as well as manufacturers Sennheiser and Shure the discussions reflected a broad range of opinion.

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