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Radio Universidad de Santiago will be the first experimental digital radio station in Chile

  • After signing a strategic partnership with Universidad de Santiago, represented by its President Juan Manuel Zolezzi, Rodrigo Ramírez, Undersecretary of Telecommunications of the Chilean Government, visited Radio Universidad de Santiago to learn in situ about its technical equipment and the work done by this public means of communication that will become the first experimental digital radio station of the country.

 

Undersecretary Ramírez was received by journalist Gabriela Martínez, Director of the Radio Station, and the technical team. He explained that the idea is that the university will generate public knowledge regarding telecommunications, not only about equipment or devices but also about innovation. According to him, just like we switched from analog TV to digital TV, we will have to do the same with the radio.

Strategic partnership
Ramírez explained that President Zolezzi is very interested in this type of innovation because his professional background is related to telecommunications. The university and the Undersecretariat are working together in projects that will change the way of getting connected in the digital ecosystem.

According to Ramírez, having an experimental digital radio will be very demanding, because the radio is the means of communication most valued by people, so their goal is to generate the conditions to face future challenges.

Up to now, no radio station has dared to experiment. “Two channels will be available, and we will be able to give an experimental permit to use channel 6 for testing. And all the value chain will be involved, not only the technical elements: the broadcaster, the audience, the mobility, etc.,” he said.

“Digital radio will bring a whole new ecosystem. It is something that we do not know, so we would like to start generating public knowledge and running tests that with the contribution of the university to this field,” he said.

Undersecretary Ramírez explains that in matters of public policy on innovation, Chile continues to be a leading country in the region. He says that what we do in Chile is replicated by most of the other countries. “The radio should not be the poor relation of the digital ecosystem. Regulations are usually thought for the mobile world, but in Latin American societies-like ours-, radio and TV have a public and social role that is not comparable to what happens in USA or Europe,” he said.

Finally, Ramírez concludes that the projects for digital TV and the Experimental Digital Radio will make Universidad de Santiago a model both in the production and generation of new content and a permanent space for innovation.

Translated by Marcela Contreras

Autor: 
Carolina Reyes Salazar