The recent round of
consultation undertaken by the Ministry of Economic Development
regarding application of digital technologies in the wireless
bandwidth has resulted in a “pause” for five years before giving
serious consideration to the possible use of VHF Band III for
digital radio broadcasting.
This is partly because of
uncertainty regarding the eventual switch off of analogue TV, partly
because of the absence of any successful business model for digital
radio at this time.
The most advanced digital
radio market in the world, the U.K, has been conspicuously
unsuccessful from a commercial point of view and we believe there is
every chance that Australia will end up in the same unfortunate
We are closely monitoring
both the U.K and the Australian situation, as well as keeping in
touch with developments of HD radio in the U.S (now offered by more
than 2,000 stations).
The RBA is located on level 4 of
the Textile Centre in Kenwyn Street, Parnell, Auckland.