Introduction to digital audio broadcasting (DAB/DAB+)

Short designation: TR212-13E Broadcast and media

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Digital audio broadcasting (DAB) was developed toward the end of the 1980s. The first networks were installed in the 1990s. The real breakthrough in Germany finally came in 2011 when the networks were expanded to DAB+ networks, the transmitter density was increased and the number of programs was enlarged. Thanks to the implementation of the new MPEG-4 HE AAC audio codec, DAB+ is also available alongside the classic DAB.

This DAB/DAB+ introductory seminar will give engineers and technicians an overview of the special features of DAB compared with DVB technologies, and explain their differences and opportunities. The complete scope of DAB/DAB+, from MPEG/MUSICAM audio coding to the basic DAB data signal structure (ETI and STI) to the DAB transmit signal will be discussed.


  • Development of MUSICAM, MPEG, DAB and DVB
  • DAB/DAB+ worldwide
  • Comparison of DAB and DVB
  • MPEG/MUSICAM audio coding
  • Synchronous and asynchronous data transmission
  • DAB ensemble transport interface (ETI) and service transport interface (STI) data signals
  • DAB multiplexing
  • Error protection and COFDM implementation for DAB
  • DAB framework in ETI, STI and COFDM
  • Fast information channel (FIC), main service channel (MSC), subchannels
  • DAB modulator, transmitter and receiver
  • Single-frequency networks (SFN)
  • Multimedia object transfer (MOT)
  • DAB+
  • T-DMB
  • DAB/DAB+ T&M
  • Practical demonstrations

Target Group

  • Engineers and technicians working in the field of broadcasting technology who would like to improve their hands-on knowledge of the DAB/DAB+ technology and already have basic knowledge of audio technology and digital modulation methods.
  • Duration: 2 days

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