TRCSL Launches Digital Radio Project in Colombo
In many countries around the world, the use of FM radio channels has been declining. To address this trend, the Telecommunications Regulatory Commission (TRCSL) is working to popularize digital radio channels in their country.
The TRCSL has begun a digital radio project in Colombo and its surrounding region. The project will operate on VHF bands and will start from the Colombo Lotus Tower. The commission plans to cover the costs of the project through local investors. Those who want to listen to digital radio channels will need to install a converter system in their currently used FM radios.
According to the Acting Director General of the Telecommunication Regulatory Commission, Helasiri Ranatunga, FM frequencies are over and 54 FM channels have already been allocated. Thus, the commission has started issuing licenses for digital radio channels. The basic activities of the program are already underway.
Ranatunga further stated that the Colombo Lotus Tower has the necessary facilities to support digital radio broadcasting. Discussions are currently being held regarding the wave series to be given after the digital radio is launched.
As the TRCSL focuses its attention on digital radio, it hopes to modernize the country’s radio infrastructure and offer listeners more diverse and high-quality options for radio broadcasting.