Senegal announces the switch to digital terrestrial radio

Senegal announces the switch to digital terrestrial radio
Senegal announces the switch to digital terrestrial radio

With the acceleration of digital transformation on the continent, African countries are implementing various projects. Senegal becomes the first French-speaking country in Africa to look into digital terrestrial radio.

The Telecommunications and Postal Regulatory Authority (ARTP) launched the digital terrestrial radio pilot project on Wednesday May 8. The initiative aims to find alternatives to traditional analog FM broadcasting, which is particularly prone to frequency saturation, especially in certain specific regions of Senegal.

In 2006, the International Telecommunications Union standardized the VHF band (174-220 MHz) to make it the band dedicated to digital terrestrial radio. A few years later the actors came together, that is to say the International Telecommunications Union and the African Telecommunications Union, to try to find solutions to this shortage which is affecting most African countries in terms of availability of FM frequencies, but unfortunately the studies did not give the expected results. This is the reason why the ARTP, faced with this shortage of FM frequencies, thought it was appropriate to launch this project. indicates Abdou Karim Sall, director of ARTP.

The switch to digital radio is part of the International Telecommunications Union’s desire to switch all television and radio signals to digital. The transition to digital television, although considerably delayed, is underway in several countries on the continent. Digital radio is struggling to be established on the continent and Senegal, with this initiative, becomes the first French-speaking country on the continent to opt for the switch to digital frequencies DAB+ (Digital broadcasting).

As a reminder, these new directions will make it possible, among other things, to improve the quality of sound which is often affected by factors such as the distance from the radio station, interference and atmospheric conditions, to access a greater number radio stations or even pause and record shows currently being broadcast.

Adoni Conrad Quenum

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