Quincy, IL (January 9, 2012)—Dhaka FM 90.4 MHz rang in the New Year as the first FM station to broadcast in HD Radio in Bangladesh, using a new Broadcast Electronics FM 10S transmitter.
The event marks the first commercial HD Radio station in Bangladesh as part of the country's phase II of FM commercialization, authorizing new FM broadcast licenses there. Present for the inaugural event were dignitaries from information and telecommunications branches of the Bangladesh government.
"Just a few short years ago, we started out as the first live Bangladesh station on the Internet. Today, we have been able to make these huge achievements with the help of our loyal listeners and our partnerships with local officials, as well as companies like Broadcast Electronics and Onair Solutions," said M.A. Hakim, COO at Dhaka FM Ltd.
RF and studio equipment manufacturer BE and local representative Onair Solutions Ltd provided a full RF and studio turnkey solution, from helping with licensing to launching of the station. Included in the equipment list were a new BE FM 10S solid-state transmitter with FXi 250 exciters and new XPi 10esp HD Radio signal generator, along with a backup STX LP 5 kW low-power transmitter. For the studio, the station purchased BE's The Radio Experience message management system for RDS text and HD Radio datacasting. BE's AudioVAULT FleX studio automation system has been in operation at the studios since May of 2009, when Radio Dhaka signed on as the first live Internet station in the country.
Present at the inaugural event were Minister for Information and Cultural Affairs Abul Kalam Azad, Secretary of Ministry of Information Hedayetullah Al Mamoon, and Brig. General Ahsan Habib, the director general of Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission.